Thursday, 21 April 2022 21:24

Two arrested in connection with protest murder in Pimville, Soweto.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

Gauteng police arrested two people believed to be linked to the murder of Pimville resident Kgomotso Diale.

Diale died during a violent clash between a group of Pimville residents and members of the nearby Chicken Farm informal settlement on Monday. 

On Thursday evening, police said they arrested the two individuals in Soweto and also shot and killed a third person after he apparently pointed a firearm at officers.

Diale, a father of two, was part of a group of residents who marched to the settlement. They claimed the settlement was responsible for the copper theft which caused power cuts in Pimville.

Diale died on the scene, while five others were taken to hospital. Three have since been discharged.

Police Minister Bheki Cele promised better resources for the Kliptown police station in Soweto to deal with tensions between residents of Pimville and the chicken farm informal settlement.

Cele visited the police station after Diale was shot and killed on Monday.

Representatives from City Power were also in attendance during Cele's meeting at the police station to assist in finding a collaborative approach to dealing with copper theft. 

City Power officials cut off illegal connections in the settlement.

"Your lives are disrupted every day without fail when people steal copper cables that are meant to provide electricity to you," Cele told residents. 

 A team of 12 detectives has been tasked with investigating Diale's murder. 

"The first price will be that the people who committed the murder and attempted murder should be arrested in at least the next 48 hours, so we can see them and let them explain what happened because I am told that it was a peaceful march and that they weren't provoked by anything. I am told that they just wanted to kill," he said.