By Lesiba Lekgetho

Police recently arrested a 45-year-old man for the alleged murder of his mother on Phillip Street in Finetown.

In a statement police said the suspect confessed to killing his mother and burying her in a shallow grave inside a two roomed shack about a month ago.

“He alleged that he had a fight with his mother and he killed her with a hammer. The suspect confessed to the police after relentless pressure from his family and the neighbours, asking him about the whereabouts of his mother. The suspect pointed out the grave and also handed over the murder weapon to the police.”

The police forensic team was called and they dug the grave. The body was found decomposed and was exhumed. The suspect has appeared at the Protea Magistrate’s Court on a charge of murder.

Meanwhile Soweto SAPS recently arrested 127 suspects for various crimes during crime prevention operations in the Soweto West Cluster, which consists of Dobsonville, Ennerdale, Jabulani, Lenasia, Lenasia South, Moroka, Naledi and Protea Glen police stations.

Police spokesperson Sgt Vincent Mashiteng said suspects were arrested for carjacking, business robbery, theft of motor vehicle, house robbery, armed robbery, attempted Murder, common robbery, murder, housebreaking and theft, possession of stolen property, assault common, assault with the intention to inflict grievous bodily harm, malicious damage to property, rape, intimidation, fraud, possession of unlicensed firearm, possession of dagga, dealing in drugs, possession of drugs, selling liquor without a license and attempted arson.

“Seventy more suspects were arrested for hit and run, culpable homicide, driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of dangerous weapons, child abuse, possession of counterfeit CDs, contravention of protection order, theft, shoplifting, reckless and negligent driving, selling liquor without a licence, possession of stolen motor vehicle and theft out of motor vehicle,” Sgt Mashiteng said.

He added that in case of an emergency residents can call 0860010111 or 112 free from a cellphone. Send an anonymous crime tip-off on 32211. For any police corruption call the anti-corruption hotline 0860 267 7878.