Menalik Maleba Death – Obituary : Officials say a 22 and 24-year-old suspects has been arrested and charged in connection to a deadly shooting that occurred Sunday near Gqeberha.
“A man was killed and another wounded in the shooting, which took place in the Bethelsdorp policing area, Anti-Gang Unit members in Gqeberha arrested two suspects within an hour after the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old man and the injury to another which took place on Sunday in the Vastrap informal settlement,” Police spokesperson Colonel Priscilla Naidu.
The shooting took place at about 10:30 p.m. 22-year-old Menalik Maleba and his 18-year-old friend were in his house when someone entered and shot them, preliminary investigations shows.
“Maleba sustained a fatal wound to the side of the head while his friend, who managed to escape, sustained a gunshot wound to the face. He was taken to hospital by private transport,” Naidu added.
“It is further alleged that after the shooting the suspect drove away with Maleba’s vehicle, a VW Polo Classic. the vehicle was immediately circulated, and within the hour Anti-Gang Unit members spotted the vehicle driving in Booysens Park Drive.
Two of the three occupants in the vehicle were arrested and detained,” said Naidu.
The suspects have been reportedly charged with murder, attempted murder and possession of suspected stolen property. The vehicle was confiscated for further investigation.
According to police the two have been scheduled for arraignment at the Gqeberha Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
While acting Nelson Mandela Bay district commissioner Brigadier Thandiswa Kupiso welcomed the speedy arrests by Anti-Gang Unit members, she appealed to communities to work with police and not harbor criminals.
“In order to establish good governance, there must be cooperation between the SAPS and the community. We cannot allow criminals to disrupt peaceful neighbourhoods. Therefore, community partnerships are important to ensure that criminals such as these are stopped and are behind bars,” said Kupiso.