The South African Police Service and Serious and Violent Crimes Unit (SVC) in Bityi have apprehended the fugitive killer of seven people from Thantseka Village.
Four men and three women were among the seven people who were shot and killed by unknown gunmen in a homestead.
Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana, the provincial police spokesperson, stated that on Friday, March 10, the team of detectives received information that led them to the Gauteng Province, specifically Orlando East in Soweto. The suspect was believed to be hiding in this location.
“Subsequently, the integrated team which included Gauteng Serious and Violent Crimes, arrested the 34-year-old suspect Sanele Tshisilanga who is popularly known as Litye, hiding in a girlfriend’s flat in Soweto. The firearm which is believed to have been used in the commission of the murders, was also recovered during the investigation,” said Kinana.
The Provincial Commissioner and SAPS management have conveyed their appreciation to the multidisciplinary team, which includes the Crime Intelligence and Tracking Team of investigators, for their tireless work in carefully analysing each piece of information they received to help identify the suspects.
“The criminals involved in these killings should by now learn their strong lessons that with our police officers, there is no running away and there is no permanent hiding place. Even those who are under the false impression that when they cross the borders, they will not be found, they must think again. I want to say it again that the Eastern Cape Province has no place for murderers. We shall continue to find them alive, to answer for their deadly actions,” Lieutenant General Mene said.