EASTERN CAPE – A 30-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Mthatha Magistrate court on Monday following his arrest on Friday for the alleged killing of Constable Lonwabo Soga (26) in Coffee Bay.
The suspect was arrested in the early hours of Friday in Mqanduli by the Serious Organised Crime Investigation of the Hawks supported by the local detectives and the National Intervention unit. His arrest brings to seven the number of suspects that have been apprehended thus far.
Constable Soga was brutally gunned down on 03 December last year whilst he was on duty with Constable Siyabonga Nani (41). The two police officers were attending to a complaint in Coffee Bay when they were approached by six suspects who were allegedly seeking police assistance.
Four suspects approached their vehicle and Constable Soga was shot dead whilst seating inside the patrol van. Constable Nani was ordered to remove his body and put it in the back of the police van before the group went on a crime spree using the state vehicle.
The suspects drove to a nearby shop where a security guard was forced to open the gate seeing it was a police vehicle. They went into the owner’s house and demanded money, liquor and tobacco. The suspects then fled the crime scene with the shop owner’s Nissan Navara which they allegedly abandoned on the way to Mqanduli. The state vehicle was left at the crime scene with Constable Nani and Soga locked inside the back.
Three days after the fateful incident, Afika Bavu (21), Afikile Nabo (27), Xhantilomzi Ntshinga (27) and Lubabalo Hlomendlini (37) were arrested. The team recovered six unlicensed firearms including Constable Soga’s service pistol. An assortment of police equipment, a police reflector jacket and a hand held radio were also found.
A further two suspects were arrested, Anela Pencil (31) was arrested on 11 December 2019 whilst Bonginkosi Ndevu (27) was arrested on Wednesday the 15th of January this year.