Pretoria: A 23-year-old man was scheduled to appear before the Nkomazi Magistrates’ Court in Mpumalanga on Monday in connection with a violent incident in KaMaqhekeza near Komatipoort in which two people were shot dead last week.
The young man turned himself in to the police and confessed to killing the couple, Mpumalanga police spokesman Col. Donald Mdhluli said.
“The suspect told police that a fight broke out between two groups which resulted in a physical fight. He then snatched a gun from another man and shot the two victims, then fled the scene, ”Mdhluli said.
The 23-year-old surrendered with the gun to the Tonga police station a day later.
Meanwhile, Mpumalanga police arrested two men following the death of a 43-year-old man in Lydenburg hospital on Sunday. The victim had been assaulted.
“After the man’s death, (another) man was allegedly assaulted by members of the community (who accused him) of the victim’s death,” Mdhluli said.
Police rescued the man from the crowd before questioning and arresting him, he said.
A second man was also arrested for the murder of the 43-year-old man. The two are due to appear before the Lydenburg Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.
On Monday, the acting provincial police commissioner of Mpumalanga, Major General Thulani Phahla, urged community members to find peaceful ways to resolve the differences.
“We urge members of the public not to take the law on their own but to solve problems legally rather than resorting to violence which often results in loss of life,” Phahla said.
African News Agency (ANA)