Police have arrested six men for the murder of four family members in Lawley on the West Rand of Johannesburg on Tuesday.
The six men, aged between 20 and 26, were reported to have entered the house at Lawley Extension 2 and opened fire at the four family members on 13 August this year.
Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) said the six were remanded in custody by the Protea Magistrate’s Court which postponed their case to September 13.
The suspects were arrested last weekend for being in possession of unlicensed firearms, which included a shotgun and two pistols. During that arrest, the suspects are said to have given false names to the police. It was thereafter established that they were linked to the Lawley murders.
“We applaud our members for working long hours and sleepless nights in pursuit of the culprits. It is also worth mentioning that the suspects were outsmarted and arrested hardly three weeks after the killings. A special thank you goes to the members of the community who work hand in hand with our officers and provided useful information on the whereabouts of the suspects. If the community works with us we will remove all criminals from our society,” said Hawks head, Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza.
Police were still searching for a seventh suspect.