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Monday, 01 April 2024 14:11

More arrests in connection with killings at the University of Fort Hare.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

SA Police Services (SAPS) have made a major breakthrough and arrested 15 more people in connection with the killings at the University of Fort Hare (UFH).

It brings the number of people arrested in the case to 25. 

Last year, Richard Vesele, the bodyguard of the university's vice-chancellor Professor Sakhele and a second bodyguard were killed.

Three months later, Buhlungu's second bodyguard was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

The bodyguard who was described as a 'protector' was driving a Mercedez Benz on the R63 between Qonce and Alice with three passengers when his vehicle was knocked from the driver's side by Nissan NP 300. The driver died instantly at the scene.

He was also rumoured to be a crucial witness in the upcoming murder trial of Buhlungu's first slain bodyguard.

The 15 accused were arrested in various parts of the country including Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape over the Easter weekend on charges of fraud, corruption, kidnapping, murder and attempted murder. 

"They are expected to make their first court appearance on Tuesday, 02 April 2024 at the Dimbaza Magistrate's Court in the Eastern Cape. 

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola says the task team will continue to do their work without fear or favour" according to police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe

"The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele and the National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola are expected to attend court proceedings on Tuesday," she added.

In January last year, Cele established a task team to intensify the police's response to the recent violent and fatal attacks at the institution.