Thursday, 1 June 2006

Two more held for Gordon's Bay murder

Murray Williams

May 31 2006 at 03:28PM

The last two members of a gang suspected of going on an orgy of murder, rape and violence in Gordon's Bay recently are now behind bars, awaiting trial.

And the pregnant woman whom they allegedly raped said she plans to be in court when they appear later this week, to "personally see justice done".

Before allegedly raping the woman, the gang also allegedly bludgeoned her neighbour, 78-year-old Johanna Retief van Aarde, to death - all in the early hours of Monday, May 22.

They allegedly escaped with clothes, appliances, money and a double-cab bakkie.

But they crashed their escape car and police arrested seven suspects within the next 24 hours.

Two men initially remained at large, but police have now arrested two more suspects.

They are 19-year-old Vuyisila Msaseni, who was arrested in Khayelitsha on Saturday afternoon and 22-year-old Siyabonga Zanzele, who was taken into custody shortly after midnight on Monday morning at another house in Khayelitsha.

Both suspects appeared in the Strand magistrate's court on Monday and will now join their seven alleged accomplices in court on Friday.

One of the suspects arrested earlier is 16 years old. The prosecutors will argue why they believe the teenager, who cannot be named, should be kept at Pollsmoor Prison pending his trial.

The other six in custody are Lungile Mayo, 19, Siyathemba Tshanyela, 21, Thembile Ngxowe, 19, Mzamu Ncwana, 18, Simon Lolo, 20, and Thomas Baraza, 22.

Charges of housebreaking, assault, murder, rape, theft, theft of a motor vehicle, and reckless driving are being investigated against all nine suspects.

This article was originally published on page 4 of Cape Argus on May 31, 2006


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