Speedy arrest of Gauteng MPL murder suspect welcomed

Tina Joemat-Pettersson, the chairperson of the Porfolio Committee on Police has welcomed the speedy arrest and court appearance of a suspect who was involved within the murder case of Gauteng Member of the Provincial Legislature, Mapiti Matsena.

The suspect – Monoko Francis Thoka, 29, made a quick appearance at the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on Monday, facing a murder indictment .

The murdered Matsena was the chairperson of the Provincial Safety and Security Committee. Matsena was allegedly attacked and fatally stabbed at his range in Doornpoorton, Tshwane.

This happened on the night of July 16, 2020.

Joemat-Pettersson said during a statement:

“The speedy arrest is testament to the great capabilities of the police and can hopefully bring justice to the Matsena family. The arrest should further strengthen the credibility within the police in resolving acts of crime expeditiously.”

Joemat-Pettersson urged the police to form sure that investigations aren't put to halt, but completed quickly and qualitatively, so on make sure that prosecutions deter criminal acts.

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She further said:

“All criminals must be faraway from our streets to make sure that safety and security return to our streets. Furthermore, the community must work hand-in-hand with police within the fight against crime, as crime has social and economic impacts on everyone.”

The committee has extended its heartfelt condolences to the Matsena family for his senseless and brutal murder.

However, the police have appealed to anyone who may have any information on crime, to contact the SAPS via Crime Stop on 086 00 10111. Information can also be provided to the SAPS via MySAPSApp, an application which may be downloaded on any Android or Iphone.

Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, the National Commissioner spokesperson has said that:

“All information are going to be treated with the strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous.”