Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa, David Hamadziripi, on Friday said he has directed the Johannesburg Consulate to verify the nationalities of four men arrested for allegedly killing a South African police officer in the city’s Diepsloot area.
Four men suspected to be Zimbabweans – Praymore Dube, Bongani Moyo, Mongameli Mpofu and another one only identified as Ronny – shot Detective Captain Oupa Matjie (54) in the neck and he died on the spot. Said Hamadziripi:
The nationalities of the Diepsloot murder suspects is yet to be verified.
You cannot claim that one is a Zimbabwean simply because of their accent without looking into their identity documents.
I have directed our officials at the Johannesburg Consulate to verify whether those suspects are indeed Zimbabweans or not.
The four men reportedly shot and killed Capt Matjie who was in the company of his colleague only identified as Sergeant Thipe last week.
The two were conducting a joint tracing operation with Diepsloot Crime Prevention following a case of attempted murder and robbery which occurred in the area.