Two males were murdered in Citrusdal, a tiny farming town with a population of roughly 5000 folk, in the Western Cape on Wednesday, 11 August. The South African Police Provider (SAPS) believes the double homicide is linked to the violence that has plagued the taxi and transport industry in the Western Cape in 2021.
POLICE MAKE BREAKTHROUGH IN CITRUSDAL DOUBLE MURDER
The deceased were primitive 34 and 43 years mature, respectively. They were fatally wounded on a bus while transporting farm workers, according to SAPS spokesperson in the Western Cape, Colonel Andre Traut.
Traut stated, “an intensive investigation” into the Citrusdal double assassinate led to the arrest of four suspects. “Closing night [Thursday night] individuals of Citrusdal police, Provincial Detectives and the Provincial Built-in Process Personnel conducted a joint tracing operation for the suspects in the dwelling after an investigation implicated them in the assault.”
The suspects, who’re primitive between 27 and 41 years mature, are linked to an arena taxi organisation, according to the police. The suspects are expected to make their first look in the Clanwilliam Magistrate’s Court docket on Monday, 16 August. Traut stated the direct intends to oppose bail.
Lieutenant Frequent Thembisile Patekile, the Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape police, commended the investigators and arresting officers for the short arrests.
Patekile warned that taxi and transport industry linked violence might per chance well now not be tolerated in the province and perpetrators can possess to inquire to be arrested and scrutinize their day in court docket.
On the least 86 folk had been killed in taxi-linked shootings in the Western Cape this 365 days, with many of the victims being passengers or bystanders.
CATA and CODETA, the two taxi associations at the centre of worthy of the violence, are currently locked into their 2d round of arbitration – between 14 and 20 August – with the hope being that they can obtain a soundless resolution to the deadly route dispute.