...bullet riddled bodies of Basotho men found

Manhunt for Welkom murder suspects

KABELO MASOABI

FICKSBURG – Two men from Lesotho were last Thursday murdered in Welkom, South Africa and the area police have launched a manhunt for the unknown suspects. According to a statement released by the Free State office of the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Captain Steven Thakeng, police received a report that several shots had been heard at the area, and upon arrival, they found bullet-riddled body of a man and later another body lying in an open veld.

Police have appealed to the public to come forward with information that could lead to the arrest of the suspects who are still at large. Killings among Basotho nationals are reportedly rife in Welkom where they live in large numbers with a majority working in illegal mines.

Bokang Makhakhane (34) and Hlalele Leeto (36) were among Lesotho nationals recently arrested by the Welkom police over some murders committed a few years back. Captain Thakeng showed the suspects were captured in Mandela Park after fatally shooting and killing two Basotho nationals (men) whose bodies were found abandoned in the disused St. Helena Mine. Two firearms believed to have been used in the murders were also seized where the accused lived.

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