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Pretoria – The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga has launched a manhunt after two people, including a policeman, were shot and killed near a liquor outlet.
Mpumalanga police spokesman Col. Donald Mdhluli said the shooting took place in Barberton, outside Nelspruit, on Saturday evening.
“One of the victims is Detective Constable Nkosinathi Lucky Ngwenya, and the other person has been identified as 35-year-old Jaftha Mnisi,” Mdhluli said.
“The incident was brought to the attention of authorities by officials from the Highech Security Company, where two people were said to have been shot dead. Upon arrival at the scene, members of the SAPS, along with paramedics, discovered two lifeless bodies of men with multiple gunshot wounds.
Both were certified dead, while empty bullet cartridges were recovered from the scene.
Mdhluli said a case with two counts of murder has been opened and the manhunt against the perpetrators has been launched.
“The SAPS member (Ngwenya) was off duty at the time of the incident and was attached to Nelspruit Detective Services. The motive for the murder is unknown at this stage, and until then the circumstances surrounding the said incident will be part of the investigation, ”Mdhluli said.
“Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspect can call the Crime Stop number on 0860 010 111 or send information via MySAPSApp. All information received will be treated confidentially and callers may choose to remain anonymous. “