By Jonk wa Mashamba
GAUTENG POLICE COMMISSIONER COMMENDS THE SWIFT ARREST OF SUSPECTS LINKED TO THE CHICKEN FARM FATAL SHOOTING
Two suspects related to the deadly Chicken Farm shooting were arrested in Soweto, while the third suspect was shot dead after pointing a firearm at the police.
On April 21, 2022, police followed up on information concerning suspects with firearms in Dlamini and Chiawelo, Soweto.
On arrival, the members surrounded the house and on entering, one of the members was pointed with a firearm by a suspect but acted swiftly and shot at the said suspect.
Two other suspects were arrested and two firearms and ammunition were confiscated by police.
According to Brigadier Brenda Muridili,
preliminary investigation has linked the arrested suspects to the shooting incident that occurred on Monday in Chicken Farm informal settlement where six people were shot.
Muridili said that thirty-four-year-old Kgomotso Diale died on the scene while five others were taken to hospital.
“Three of the victims have since been discharged while two remain in hospital,”Muridili.
The Provincial Commissioner of the Police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended the arrest of the suspects.
“The extra forces that we have deployed here in Kliptown to enhance police visibility and maintain peace in the area have been working around the clock following up on any information received until they arrived at this house.
“Police officers are trained to act swiftly, especially when their lives are threatened. I am glad that none of the K9 Unit members were injured during the arrest,” said Mawela.
Muridili said the nationality of the suspects was yet to be determined as they did not have any proof of identity.
“They will be charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
“The firearms seized will be taken to the Forensic Science Laboratory for ballistic tests to establish if they are not linked to other crimes,” said Muridili.