Female amongst suspects arrested for allegedly killing an Operation Dudula member

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Three suspects aged between 25 and 26 have been arrested for allegedly attacking members of Operation Dudula Movement in which their bus got damaged and one of them was shot dead in Limpopo. 

The Operation Dudula member was allegedly shot at RDP Section on Saturday 1 October 2022. One of the suspects was fatally wounded.

OPERATION DUDULA MEMBER SHOT DEAD IN LIMPOPO

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said preliminary investigations indicate that Operation Dudula members from the Gauteng Province arrived at Jane Furse RDP sports ground on Saturday for the launch of their movement and also intended to hand over the memorandum to the local Police Management.

The group was reportedly travelling in a bus which drove to a demarcated area to collect the female members who were accommodated at different houses at the RDP Section.

While on their way back towards the sports ground, their bus was allegedly attacked and damaged by a group of unknown people using stones. 

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“The bus was then stopped and some passengers alighted from the bus and ran after the attackers when an unknown member of the community shot one of the members who died instantly.

“The incident led to the cancellation of planned activities in the area and resulted in members of the Public Order Policing Unit (POPS), Tactical Response Team (TRT) and police members from the District being deployed to monitor the situation.” 

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo

A manhunt for the suspects responsible for the murder and malicious damage to property was immediately launched.

THREE SUSPECTS ARRESTED 

Mojapelo said in the early hours of Sunday morning at about 05:00, police conducted an intelligence driven operation and three suspects (two males and one female) were arrested in different houses.

Police received further information about another suspect who was allegedly threatening the patrons at one of the liquor outlets at the same RDP section. 

“On arrival, the suspect started running and in the process, he allegedly produced a firearm and aimed at the police who then responded by fatally wounding him. 

“The suspect, (25), was allegedly found in possession of two loaded pistols and was positively linked to the murder.”

Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo

The gun which linked one of the suspect to the murder of an Operation Dudula member. Image: SAPS.

Limpopo Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe commended the police for arresting the suspects and also urged community members to assist the police by providing information about the remaining suspects. 

Police have urged anyone with information to contact the Investigation  Officer Detective Sergeant Mamaiti Fossi Mamaile on  082 297 1778 or crime stop number 0860010111 or nearest police station or MySAPSApp.

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