North West Province – Warrant Officer Jonathan Molete was shot at the right upper eye last Tuesday at Seoding by a suspect while attempting to make an arrest, following a robbery of Ethiopian nationals shop.
Two Ethiopian nationals were closing their shop on Monday and were approached by five unknown men wearing balaclavas. Both men were shot (one on his right arm and the other on his right thigh). The men then grabbed the money bag (undisclosed amount) and ran off.
A case of two counts of attempted murder and armed robbery was opened.
Late on Tuesday, the investigating officer, Detective Warrant Officer Jonathan Molete from SAPS Mothibistad and two other colleagues followed up on information received regarding the whereabouts of the suspects.
The suspects were found at a cattle post in Seoding. As police attempted to arrest them, one suspect pulled out a firearm and shot at them. The suspects were apprehended and detained. The injured policeman was taken to hospital, treated and discharged.
The suspects, both Lesotho citizens (age unknown) will be charged for two counts of attempted murder (shooting of the Ethiopians) and another charge of attempted murder (police officer), armed robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm.
They will appear in the Mothibistad Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 31 July 2014.