Gauteng police have arrested two suspects who were allegedly involved in the deadly shooting that took place in Kliptown on Monday. The third suspect was shot and killed after pointing a firearm at the police. Kgomotso Diale, 34, was shot and killed during a march which involved Pimville residents and Operation Dudula members who were escorting Eskom members to fix the electricity issue in Kliptown.
Diale, a father of two, was part of a group residents who marched to Kliptown. It was claimed that foreign nationals and in particular the Sotho nationals were responsible for cable and copper theft which caused power outages in Pimville.
A clash broke out between residents of Chicken Farm informal settlement and the march people. Shots were fired minutes later, and Dial was killed while others were reported injured. On Thursday evening, police said they arrested two suspects in connection with the murder of Diale and shot dead the third suspect who is alleged to have pointed a gun at the police.
The breakthrough into the case came on Thursday when police followed up on leads about suspects who were in possession of firearms in Dlamini and Cheawello, Soweto. On arrival at the house, they were directed to, a suspect pointed a firearm at the police and was shot and killed. Two suspects were arrested, and two firearms and ammunition were also seized. The police said the preliminary evidence allegedly linked the suspects to the incident at Chicken Farm.
The quick response comes after Police Minister Beki Cele visited the Diale family where he addressed the Pimville residents and promised to provide more resources to the Kliptown police station.
Source: News24, Eyewitness News, ENCA, image from ENCA