4 detained for murder of officer and civilian in FS

Four suspects have been detained by the police officers. They are suspected of kidnapping and murdering a police officer and a civilian.

The suspects were arrested during a joint operation by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit, Crime Intelligence, and TRT.

According to police spokesperson Warrant Officer Lynda Steyn, Sgt Koos Mokoena, a 44-year-old Free State police officer, was kidnapped and robbed of the state vehicle.

Several days later, the officer’s body was found near Basotho Cultural Village along with a body of a civilian. The officer’s vehicle was later found abandoned in Lesotho.

Four suspects are expected to make their appearance in the Phuthaditjhaba Magistrates’ Court. The first hearing of the matter was held on Monday. It was postponed to August 19.

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