Manhunt for suspects in gay murders

Police are on the hunt for more suspects in the gang targeting gay men in Gauteng and Cape Town.

Gay murder victims.

JOHANNESBURG - As a provincial police task team tries to identify further suspects in a gang targeting gay men in Gauteng, three men already arrested will be tried in the Palm Ridge Court in September.

The trio were arrested in connection with the death of Orange Grove resident Barney van Heerden and are suspected to be part of the gang that have already claimed the lives of at least eight gay men in Gauteng.

They appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's court on Thursday.

Maxwell Nyathi, Mthokozisi Ndlovu and Bheki Maseko have been in prison for the past six months.

Van Heerden's family were worried the men would be released when the presiding magistrate threaten to strike the case off the roll due to the police's sluggish work.

But the court was told on Thursday the matter had been finalised and would be transferred to the High Court.

Van Heerden's sister Anchen Jooste said police have to speed up their investigations so that families of other victims could find closure.

Meanwhile, police have arrested another suspect in the murder of University of Johannesburg professor Dr Carl Mischke.

Mischke's body was found face down on his bed in a pool of blood on Monday morning, after having allegedly invited in his killer or killers.

His naked body was covered by a duvet, hiding the multiple stab wounds that led to his death.

Officials said the suspect was apprehended in Kempton Park on Gauteng's East Rand.

Police spokesperson Neville Malila said the suspect was in custody at the Norwood police station.

He said they were still looking for one more suspect.