Two suspects, both aged 35, were arrested during an intelligence driven tracing operation conducted by the Nelspruit based Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Crime Intelligence and Tactical Response Team on Monday, 13 March 2023 at Shabalala Trust Hazyview under Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga.
The arrest followed rigorous tracing of the suspects after the gruesome slaying of the Municipal Chief Traffic Officer Judas Chiloane (60) on Saturday, 11 March 2023 between Hazyview and Graskop.
It is alleged that the deceased was with his female friend parked when armed intruders emerged from the bushes. They took the victims’ firearm and fatally shot him.
Chiloane sustained multiple injuries and the suspects fled the scene. The female called for help and the police arrived, the victim was declared dead at the scene.
The police in Mpumalanga diligently pursued all information received from the public which resulted to the duo being detained for questioning. Further investigation led the team to one of the suspects’ house where a search was conducted.
A pistol with serial number obliterated was found and seized for further investigation. The suspect will be taken to court as soon as preliminary investigation is completed.
The investigation is continuing.
The Provincial Head of the Hawks, Major General Gerber is appealing to the community to join the dedicated members of the South African Police Service who are working tirelessly to eradicate crime.