Manhunt launched for murder suspects where two people were killed, one being a police officer

A manhunt was launched for murder suspects after an incident in which two people were fatally shot next to a liquor outlet during the evening of yesterday, Saturday, 16 October 2021 in Barberton, outside Nelspruit. One of the victims is Detective Constable Nkosinathi Lucky Ngwenya and the other person was identified as Jaftha Mnisi, aged 35.

The incident was brought to the attention of the authorities by officials from Hightech Security Company where it was indicated that two people were shot. Upon arrival at the scene, SAPS members as well as paramedics discovered two lifeless bodies of males with multiple gunshot wounds. They were unfortunately certified dead whilst some empty cartridges were retrieved at the scene. A case with two counts of murder was opened with a launch of manhunt for the suspects.

The SAPS member was off duty during the time of the incident and he was attached to Detective Services in Nelspruit. The motive for the killing is unknown at this stage and meanwhile circumstances surrounding the said incident will form part of the probe.

Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the suspect may call the Crime Stop number at 08600 10111 or send information via MYSAPSAPP. All information received will be treated as confidential and callers may opt to remain anonymous.

Source: South African Police Service

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