Woman arrested for murdering a police brother in law

WESTERN CAPE – The Hawks’ National Priority Violent Crimes (NPVC) team arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of Sergeant Sithembiso Mnatwana. The police official who was attached to Cape Town Central police station was shot and killed on 08 September 2022 in front of his residence at Samora Machell.

The case was allocated to the NPVC team of the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation and their further probe revealed that Babalwa Rulwa-Mnatwana (49), married to the deceased brother, allegedly hired a hitman to kill the police official. The motive of the killing is a subject of the Hawks investigation.

A warrant of arrest was issued against Rulwa-Mnatwana and she was apprehended on Friday, 10 February 2023. She appeared in the Athlone Magistrates’ Court same day of her arrest and the case was remanded in custody. She will be back in court on 16 February 2023 for bail application. The alleged hit-man is yet to be arrested.

Source: South African Police Service