Five Arrested For Murder Of Zimbabwean Vendor In Namibia
10 June 2020
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The Namibian

Namibian Police have confirmed that suspects wanted for the murder of a Zimbabwean vendor have been arrested.

Jonathan Patrick Myburgh and Jannie Jansen van Vuuren are accused of assaulting a Zimbabwean vendor who subsequently succumbed.

The suspects accused the deceased of shoplifting a bottle of glue.

The Police thanked all members of the public who assisted and contributed to the apprehension of the suspects.

Five people have in total been arrested for the gruesome murder.

The deceased Zimbabwean vendor, who has been identified as Hlalisanani Zhou (43), was savagely beaten to death after being accused of stealing a bottle of glue. The assault occured in the city of Otjiwarongo last Wednesday.

Following the death of Zhou, two suspects, Jonathan Patrick Myburgh and Janie Jansen Van Vuuren are reported to have gone on the run. This resulted in the Namibia Police Force launching a manhunt for the pair.

The two were finally arrested together with three other suspects, including two of their employees for the murder of Zhou. The police did not reveal where or how Myburgh and Van Vuuren were arrested.

All five suspects appeared at the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court on Monday morning facing murder charges. The other three suspects are Roberto Katjinamunene (24), Kefas Kuutondokwa (27) and Hendrik Simapureni (26).

The court heard that Myburgh is the owner of a security company which is located in Otjiwarongo, while Jansen van Vuuren is employed at the company as a supervisor. Kuutondokwa and Simapureni are security guards employed at Myburgh’s company while Katjinamunene is an employee at a shop where Zhou was alleged to have stolen a bottle of glue.

The five are alleged to have brutally assaulted Zhou for this crime which resulted in his death.

All five suspects were remanded in custody and the case was postponed to August 17, to allow the police to carry out further investigations.