Johannesburg metro police firearm used to murder two Limpopo women

South African police fatally shot a Limpopo man after he allegedly used a Johannesburg Metro Police Department service firearm to kill two women in separate incidents over the weekend.
According to Limpopo police Spokesperson, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, the accused, 33-year old Joel Masila, took one of the victims, Sarah Mokwela from her home on Sunday morning before fatally shooting her.
Mojapelo said the police were only notified about the incident in the evening by a 25-year-old member of Mokwela’s family, while they were responding to Masila’s second hostage incident in GaMatsea village.
“(Mokwela’s family) alleged that Joel Masila took Sarah from her house at around 7 am yesterday morning. They were allegedly seen going into the bushes next to the nearby mountains,” Mojapelo said.
“The community members then allegedly heard gunshots sounds in the area. The suspect then reportedly proceeded to the other scene whereby he was shot dead by the police after a hostage situation.”
After the family alerted police, a search operation was then conducted in the bushes and Mokwela’s body was found with a gunshot wound to head.
In the second incident, Masila allegedly proceeded to a house near the University of Limpopo where he held a 50-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter hostage, before killing the mother.
Mojapelo said the police were called to a hostage situation in GaMatsea village … at about 3pm and on arrival, shots were allegedly fired from within the house. He said during the ordeal, a 16-year-old girl, who was injured managed to escape through the window and was then taken to hospital.
“The hostage negotiators of the South African Police Service and members of the Tactical Response Team soon arrived at the scene and immediately took positions to deal with the matter. After about three hours of attempting to negotiate with the hostage taker, a decision was taken to enter the house. It is believed that the hostage taker shot and killed the woman and then hid in the bathroom,” said Mojapelo.
“He seemingly continued firing at the police when they penetrated the house, damaging one of their shields. He was then fatally shot. Preliminary police investigations revealed that the firearm belongs to his brother who is a member of the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD),” he added.
The incident has been reported to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate. Preliminary investigations show that Masila and the teenage girl he attempted to kill were related, but police have not ascertained his motives.

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