On June 27, 2021, Warrant Officer Mogokolodi Cleopas Digama is said to have been attacked and murdered by heavily armed suspects on his way home in one of the spaza shops in Apel.
The police officer’s vehicle was later found burnt in the village of Madibong near Sekhukhune, Limpopo, after the suspects reportedly drove away with it.
The case was referred to the Hawks, the South African Police Force Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations and a massive manhunt was launched to bring the suspect to justice.
An intelligence-led police investigation led to the arrest of two suspects Mpusheng Titos Malata, 31, and Nosky Mabitla, 31, who were previously arrested in June and July 2021 respectively.
Malata and Mabitla were not released on bail by the Sekhukhune Magistrate’s Court and will appear before the same court again on 24 February 2022.
Captain Matimba Maluleke confirmed on Friday that the Hawks arrested two more suspects in connection with the murder of the late petty officer who was stationed at Apel Police Station.
“The 41-year-old prime suspect, who was married to the deceased, was arrested at her home in the Nebo area by the Hawks, assisted by members of the Tactical Response Team. Her accomplice, who is allegedly her boyfriend, was arrested by the same team in Ga-Mashashane,” Maluleke said in a statement.
He added that preliminary investigations have revealed that Digama’s wife has a child with her accomplice.
Major General Thobeka Jozi, head of the provincial Hawks, said an attack on a police officer is an attack on the state.
“We are going to use all means available to ensure that those who take pleasure in killing the police are brought to justice and treated accordingly,” he added.
The deceased’s wife and her accomplice are expected to appear before the Sekhukhune Magistrate’s Court on Monday for the first time on charges of murder.
Jozi praised the team for the arrest and a progressive ongoing investigation.