Court room packed for Chika’s alleged killers appearance


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Three more men have been arrested in connection with the murder of ANC regional secretary for the Dr Kenneth Kaunda region, David “Oubuti” Chika.

This brings to four the number of suspects arrested so far in connection with Chika’s killing. The four suspects are all from the Jouberton township in Klerksdorp.

The latest arrest followed an operation that resulted in the arrests of the three on Friday.

Chika, 34, was gunned down at his Alabama home in Klerksdorp on the eve of the ANC national elective conference in December last year. A R200000 reward has been posted for anyone who could help police in apprehending and successfully prosecuting those responsible for the murder.

The arrests followed leads the Hawks received from members of the public.

Hawks spokesperson, Capt Paul Ramaloko, said it was still too early to say whether they had finally exhausted the investigation and pinned down all suspects.

“We cannot say we have managed to get a complete breakthrough in the case because investigations are proceeding and more arrests could be made,” he said.

Ramaloko said that the arrest of the first suspect, Jeffrey Letoka, 28, more than a week ago, put the police in a better position to continue the investigation that led to the arrest of the other three suspects.

“The first suspect appeared in court on Monday last week and has been remanded in custody until February 18. This first arrest led us to follow more leads, and in a recent operation we managed to apprehend three other suspects who are in custody now. They are to appear in court on Monday (today) facing murder charges,” he said.

Ramaloko said police would push for a postponement for the case of the other three suspects so they could appear together with Letoka.

The arrests have been welcomed by the ANC provincial leadership. Provincial party spokesperson Kenny Morolong said it was important to allow the police to exhaust their investigations and bring those arrested to book.

“The ANC leadership is elated by strides made by the police in the quest to bring the killers of regional secretary, Oubuti Chika, before a court.

“We reiterate our call for calm in the wake of this comforting development so as to enable the police and courts to conclude this matter expeditiously and without hindrances,” he said.

Morolong said the arrest and successful prosecution of the suspects would help Chika’s family find closure.

“We hope that Chika’s wife, children and the rest of his family and relatives will soon be able to find some closure with the knowledge that the barbarians who have ruthlessly cheated them out of the life of their loved one will face the full might of the law.”

www.thenewage.co.za

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