It is alleged that a South African based Zimbabwean criminal Preymore Dube Killed a 54-year-old detective captain in Diepsloot north of Johannesburg in South Africa.
Detective Captain Oupa Matjie was shot dead on January 17 while tracing suspects with a colleague.
Diepsloot residents have come out in full force as they stormed the Diepsloot police station demanding that the police hand over the suspect.
Residents targeted and looted foreign-owned shops in protest over the murder of the detective and roads were blocked with stones to prevent motorists attempting to drive through Diepsloot.
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Representatives of the Zimbabwean community living in South Africa said on Thursday they were “furious” that some of the alleged killers of Diepsloot policeman Oupa Matjie were Zimbabwean.
“We are saddened and furious that the alleged murderers are said to be Zimbabwean nationals,” said community spokesperson Bongani Mazwi Mkwananzi.
“We as the Zimbabwean community in South Africa express our sincerest condolences to his family, to the SAPS and the South African nation at large.”
The Zimbabwean community “abhorred and loathed” criminals, according to Mkwananzi, who added that community members distanced themselves from any of their fellow citizens that committed the crime in South Africa.
“[They] tarnish the good name of the majority of our countrymen who are hard working and earn their living honestly. The stiffest and harshest punishment must be meted out to those criminal elements who create environments of fear amongst the communities where Zimbabweans and South Africans live harmoniously with each other.
“We implore the community not to see such disdainful conduct as a representative of the Zimbabwean community but as acts of very few criminal elements in our community whom, Zimbabweans are also daily victims of. Therefore, whatever wrath there may be must be directed at criminals, via the law agencies, and not at ordinary Zimbabwean nationals.”
Mkwananzi said they were organizing a crime summit in Johannesburg’s Berea on February 6 to deal with issues of crime, and urged all stakeholders to participate.
“Crime is a crime and these criminals do not segregate their victims by nationality.”
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