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Police hunt for more 'Gay killer' gang members

Police are hunting for more members from a gang behind the murders of gay men.

The eight gay men that were killed in their homes, allegedly by a gang operating across the country. Picture: The Star.

JOHANNESBURG - Police are still on the hunt for more members of the gang they suspect are targeting gay men in their homes in Johannesburg.

This follows the arrest of three men in connection with the murder of Orange Grove resident, Barney van Heerden.

He was found bound and strangled in his home in 2011.

Maxwell Nyathi, Mthokozisi Ndlovu and Themba Maseko appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, but their case was postponed for over a month.

Police said they wanted to investigate other possible charges against the three men.

Police were investigating the possibility the trio may also be linked to the similar murders of another seven gay men in Johannesburg.

The Star newspaper reported on the deaths of 8 gay men across Gauteng in 2011, prompting police to investigate any connections in those cases.

All the victims were found bound and strangled in their homes which had no signs of forced entry.

In November, the police announced a common suspect, for the first time, in four of the crimes and the possibility of a gang being responsible for the killings.

Police have also warned that the gang may be operating in other parts of the country as well.

(Edited by Katleho Mogase)

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