On Saturday, the 18th of March, the SAPS from Amsterdam received an anonymous call at about 07:00 am from a man who mentioned that an African male was assaulted with an axe by his friend.
The police were informed that the incident occurred at the Thokozani Village, about 10 km from Amsterdam, towards the Nerston Port of Entry. Police members rushed to the scene and upon arrival found a group of people at the particular home to which the anonymous caller directed them to.
The group of people was surrounding an African male who was lying on the ground, facing upwards with numerous wounds to his head. At that stage, the victim was not breathing and an axe with bloodstains was found a few meters away from the body. Police officials started to question the people standing around and they alleged that the two men were fighting over a cell phone.
Apparently, the victim was accused by the suspect of stealing his cell phone which sparked the fight and led to the victim being assaulted. Upon arrival of the ambulance, the man was declared dead on the scene and the suspect was at large. A manhunt was initiated where the community members were involved.
The police arrested a man on his way to the border between South Africa and Swaziland and he was positively identified by an eye witness. Case number 56/03/2017 was opened at the Amsterdam SAPS and Mr E. Nkosi, a 31-year old man, had to appear in the Magistrate’s Court of Amsterdam on Monday, the 20th of March.
Feedback on the case is still pending. The SAPS in Amsterdam would like to extend their gratitude to the community members from Thokozani Village for their dedication in assisting the police to find the perpetrator.
6 March 2020 – On Friday, 28 February a 21- year old woman was allegedly brutally murdered by her boyfriend in Iswepe.
The suspect (23) apparently got involved in a heated argument with the victim. He lost his temper and stabbed her with a knife in the left side of her neck. She unfortunately succumbed to her injuries on the scene.
Members of the SAPS were called to attend to the crime scene and the man was arrested and taken into custody. He appeared in court on Monday, 2 March but, the details surrounding his trial are currently unavailable.
Further information will be provided when it is made known by the SAPS. The SAPS urge the community to please make use of government institutions such as Social Services, if they find themselves in a life-threatening situation. Violence is never the answer and it does not solve a problem.