Cele applauds arrests of two suspects for Browns Farm killings

Bheki Cele
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Police Minister Bheki Cele has applauded Western Cape police for arresting two suspects linked to the murder of four people in Brown’s Farm‚ Philippi‚ near Cape Town‚ on Tuesday evening.

Police announced on Sunday that two suspects‚ aged 27 and 34‚ had been arrested over the weekend and that detectives were in hot pursuit of a third suspect. Gunmen shot and killed four occupants sitting in a car‚ including two children aged 12 and 13‚ on April 3. A fifth person was critically injured.

“Police action must always be a step ahead of criminals‚ we will double our efforts in ensuring that crime intelligence must remain a powerful resource in the fight against crime. Crime prevention operations will be enhanced especially in hotspot areas‚ in order to bring down the levels of serious and violent crimes‚” Cele said‚

The suspects will appear in the Athlone Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder and attempted murder.

Police said the motive for the shooting incident remained unknown at this stage. However‚ SAPS investigators were hard at work in an effort to get to the bottom of the incident.

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