Almost six months in hiding, man finally arrested for alleged murder of a police Sergeant

NELSPRUIT – Members of the police from K9 Unit, Flying Squad and Detectives from Kabokweni arrested a suspect who has been in hiding since the murder of Sergeant Enock Themba Nsimba (37) of Kabokweni on 25 March 2022. The male suspect, aged 33 was arrested at Bhejukufa, Kabokweni in the afternoon of 17 September 2022.

According to the report, members of the police from K9 Unit in White River K9 received information regarding a suspect wanted in connection with the murder of Sergeant Nsimba. The details were then followed where he was cornered and arrested by the K9 Unit members. The suspect was charged accordingly.

The police member was sadly killed on that fateful day subsequent to members of the Crime Intelligence and Kabokweni Visible Policing receiving information about a group of suspects busy planning to commit armed robbery at Gutswa Guesthouse. On arrival of the police, it is alleged that the suspects started shooting at the police which resulted in the fatal shooting of Sgt Nsimba. Six (06) suspects were arrested on the crime scene that day (25 March 2022) whilst the seventh (07) suspect handed himself over to the police few days later.

The suspect is expected to appear in the Kabokweni Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 19 September 2022 facing a charge of murder. Meanwhile the Nelspruit Serious Organised Crime under Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) is investigating the case. The other seven suspects are also due to appear in court on 27 September 2022 for continuation of a bail application.

The Provincial Commissioner of the SAPS in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela has thanked members for the arrest of the 8th suspect which will hopefully assist in strengthening the state’s case against all accused persons.

Source: South African Police Service

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