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Meyiwa and Morris cases: Police haven't given up

Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says lessons were learned and the same mistakes won’t be repeated.

FILE: National police commissioner Riah Phiyega at a briefing following the fatal shooting of Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa in Johannesburg on 27 October 2014. Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Police Commissioner Lesetja Mothiba says detectives investigating a series of high-profile cases in the province, including the murders of Senzo Meyiwa and Taegrin Morris, have not given up.

Meyiwa was shot dead while visiting his girlfriend's mother's home in Vosloorus on 26 October.

Morris died after being dragged for several kilometres behind his mother's hijacked vehicle.

In both cases, suspects were arrested and then later released due to lack of sufficient evidence.

Mothiba has also admitted that communication was a problem between the police and the National Prosecuting Authority leading to suspects in both cases being set free.

Earlier this week, Eyewitness News reported that leads in these investigations had dried up but he says officers are still hunting those responsible.

The provincial police commissioner says lessons have been learned and the same mistakes will not be repeated.

"We're happy that we're both on the same page and as we move forward our investigations are prosecution led."

At the same time, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has warned police not to rush into making arrests despite political or public pressure.