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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
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    Murder on a great scale

    The motive behind the shooting is still unknown and no arrest has been made.

    The past weekend will be remembered as a bloody and brutal weekend for eMbalenhle residents.
    Evander hospital was inundated with casualties stretching their resources to breaking point. The Doctors and nursing staff had their hands full trying to cope with all the wounded. They did a sterling job in treating all the patients.
    When the Bulletin visited the scene, wounded people were even lying on the ground on mattresses as the unit quickly ran out of beds. The staff didn’t have time to clean the blood that was spilt everywhere as the injured needed urgent attention.
    The Bulletin found accident victims (9 Vehicle pile-up), stab wound victims and a lot of gunshot victims.
    One victim that had been bleeding profusely told the Bulletin that he was struck and then stabbed with a bottle. His left side of his head was very heavily bandaged and he was drenched in blood.
    Some of the victims of the huge accident on the eMbalenhle/Evander road were also admitted to Evander hospital. The Bulletin spoke to the driver of the 24 seater in the casualty ward. His said that as he came over the hill he saw the cars in front of him and he then lost control of his vehicle, crashing into an approaching vehicle.
    Read about the accidents on page 2 of this publication.
    One of the gunshot victims spoke to the Bulletin about his ordeal at approximately 04H00 Sunday morning. Hospital staff had just returned him from elsewhere in the hospital and he was sitting in a wheelchair. His chest bandaged on the front and back where the bullet travelled through his body. A chest drainage tube was fed into a container between his feet.
    “I was in in the tavern when I saw some fighting,” he said, “I tried to get away as I don’t like fighting.” As he tried to run away he was shot in the back with the bullet exiting the front of his chest. Fortunately, it did not hit any vital organs and he was transported to the hospital.
    It is alleged that the attackers were part of a revenge group. It appears that a child was killed earlier, The Bulletin could not establish when this occurred, and that the father was set on revenge. The father then allegedly gathered forces to help and continued to the taverns Cheap Corner and Dina’s Tavern. Arriving at the taverns they allegedly started their attack targeting random people.
    The gunshot victim that spoke to the Bulletin said that the attack lasted more than 5 minutes and that the attackers kept firing randomly at people. All the people fell down but the attackers even shot at them on the ground according to the victim.
    The involvement of a father has not yet been confirmed but sources claim that it is true.
    The following two cases as per police reports are relevant to the random attacks namely 240 and 242/08/2018
    CAS 240/08/2018 Murder and Attempted Murder
    On Saturday, 25 August, at about 22:05 the Police were summoned to Cheap Corner Tavern where it was alleged that a group of people armed with bottles and firearms entered the tavern and opened fire.
    Upon arrival, the Police found that four people were already transported to the hospital by an ambulance and one was already dead in the Tavern.
    Later during the night Police received a call from the hospital reporting that two of the four that were transported to hospital passed on. The other two are still in a critical condition in hospital.
    The motive behind the shooting is still unknown and no arrest has been made.
    Case docket was allocated to D/Capt Simon Sakhile Mlotshwa 071 738 4148.
    CAS 242/08/2018 Attempted Murder
    On Saturday, 25 August, at about 20:45 the Police were summoned to Dina’s Tavern where it was alleged that a group of people armed with pangas and firearms entered the tavern and opened fire.When the Police arrived at the tavern they found that the people who were injured were already transported to the hospital, it is not yet known how many people were injured in Dina’s tavern.
    The investigation is still continuing and the modus operandi is the same as that of CAS 240/08/2018. The motive behind the attacks is still unknown and no arrest has been made.
    All role players were summoned to attend the scene of the crime. Case docket was allocated to D/SGT Melusi Mthombeni 071 292 9405.
    Three cases of murder were also reported by the eMbalenhle police on Saturday/Sunday night.
    CAS 243/07/2018 Murder
    On Sunday, 26 August, at about 02:10 the police received information that there is someone that was stabbed and lying next to Cheap Corner Tavern in Ext 17. Upon arrival at the scene, they found that the victim was taken to Evander hospital.
    The victim later died at the hospital, the victim had one stab wound in the chest. The motive is still unknown and no arrest has been made yet.
    Case docket was allocated to D/Cst Mokolamedi Malatji 082 259 4971
    CAS 239/08/2018 Murder
    EMBALENHLE- On Saturday, 25 August, at about 21:35 the police received information that there is someone that was shot between Mandela and Whitecity on the stream.
    Upon arrival at the said place, the Police found the victim that was shot in the head by unknown suspects. And it was discovered that the victim is a foreign national from Lesotho.
    The motive of the killing is still unknown and no arrest has been made yet.
    Case docket was allocated to D/Capt Simon Sakhile Mlotshwa 071 738 4148.
    CAS 241/08/2018 Murder
    EMBALENHLE- On Sunday, 26 August, at about 01:00 the Police were summoned next Pick and Pay entrance Mall@emba where a victim was attacked by a group of people and died on a scene. The motive is unknown and six suspects were arrested.
    Case docket was allocated to D/SGT Melusi Mthombeni 071 292 9405
    Members of the public that has any information that could help with the investigations should contact the case officers as per the relevant cases or eMbalenhle police station.

    Murder on a great scale