Cape Town – University of Pretoria student, Thapelo Menwe, who was allegedly shot dead during a robbery was laid to rest over the past weekend.
The 23-year-old was in his post-graduate year of internal auditing.
He was reportedly shot and killed during a robbery close to the university’s residence in Hatfield on September 10.
TimesLIVE reported that the deceased was approached from behind by a man with a firearm.
Menwe reportedly refused to handover his possessions to the robber, who then shot him and he fell to the ground.
The robber then took Menwe’s phone and fled the scene.
Private security and police apprehended the alleged shooter and his getaway driver soon after the incident.
Unfortunately, Menwe died shortly after the attack.
Vigil for @UPTuks student Thapelo Menwe who was murdered last Saturday near Tuksdorp by two suspects who shot him and took his belongings. The two suspects were found to be in possession of an unlicensed firearm and with Thapelo’s personal belongings. pic.twitter.com/mhUEyZL2Oc
— Toko Masemola (@TokoMasemola) September 15, 2022
According to IOL, police confirmed the arrest of the two suspects aged 33 and 38.
“The two suspects attacked the 23-year-old student who was walking in Hatfield in the early hours on Saturday, shot him and took his belongings before they jumped into the getaway vehicle, a white Toyota Corolla.
“The getaway car was later noticed by police during routine patrols as it matched the description given to police. The two occupants were searched and found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and the deceased’s personal belongings,” the report quoted Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo as saying.
On Monday September 19, the suspects Bongani Sibiya and William Seema Makgoba appeared at the Pretoria Magistrates court for murder, robbery and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, Pretoria Record reported.
The report said that Sibiya abondoned bail and filed a confession relating to the charges against him. Police, however, could not confirm receiving a signed confession.
Makgoba, on the other hand, filed for a formal bail application and reportedly requested that the media film the court proceedings despite the state request that the media be barred from taking pictures and videos of the accused, the report said.
Makgoba’s formal bail application was set to be heard on September 29, the report said.