Shop owner and brothers arrested for double murder

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A shop owner, his two brothers and a security guard have been arrested for killing two men they suspected of shoplifting in Phuthaditjhaba, in the Free State.

Police spokesman Brigadier Sam Makhele said that the four would appear in the Makwane Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping and murdering two men.

According to Makkhele, it is believed that the two men were kidnapped on New Year’s day after buying refreshments from the shop owner’s store in the Matsikeng area.

“The victims aged 23 and 29, accompanied by one other male friend, went to get some refreshments from the local shop in Matsikeng and were attacked on their way back. On their way back they realised that there is a Toyota van with a group of unknown men at the back following them.”

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Makhele said the three tried to outrun them but two of the three boys were allegedly caught, put in the back of the bakkie and transported them to the shop in Matsikeng.

It is suspected they were assaulted here before they were dumped near the old golf course.

The bodies of two men were found on Tuesday morning at the old golf course in Club View, in Phuthaditjhaba.

“This morning, 2 January 2017, a community member was busy collecting bottles for recycling when he came across the bodies of unknown males lying in the long grass. Phuthaditjhaba police were called to the scene and a thorough investigation led to the arrest of a shop owner, 40 years old, his two siblings, aged 29 and 35, as well as 21-year-old security guard working at the same shop,” Makhele said.

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