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    Man arrested for murder in Covid-19 relief fund queue

    May 13, 2021


    A Free State man has been arrested for two murders, one his partner, and attempted murder of a third person has been appeared in court according to police. 

    The 32-year-old was arrested on Tuesday evening. According to Free State police spokesperson Col Thandi Mbambo, the offenses allegedly happened between February and April. 

    Man arrested for double murder and attempted murder

    “On February 22, Benjamin Mahasa and a female companion were queuing at Mandela Park complex, QwaQwa, to collect their monthly Covid-19 relief funds at the post office. The suspect then allegedly brought some people and forced them in front of the victims. An argument ensued, which ended with both victims allegedly shot by the suspect. He fled the scene after the incident,” said Mbambo. 

    The woman was shot in the knee while Mahasa was shot in the groin and died in hospital a day later. 

    Barely two months after the first incident, police discovered Marethabile Sekotlo’s body on a road just outside of Phuthaditjhaba. It emerged during the investigation that the deceased’s partner was the suspect, and he was also positively linked to the post office shooting.

    The suspect was arrested after he was spotted at a complex in Phuthaditjhaba. He was found with a revolver and five bullets in his possession. The firearm details were circulated and it emerged that it was reported stolen at Cornelia police station during December 2018. 

    The man faces double murder, attempted murder, and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition charges.

    *Article adapted from original that appeared on DispatchLive.
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