Alex shootings: 7 suspects arrested, 6th person dies in hospital

Premier David Makhura was also in Alexandra township in Johannesburg following an armed robbery that claimed the life of Alex FM music manager Joshua Mbatha among others.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Provincial Commissioner Lt General Elias Mawela and Police Minister Bheki Cele at Alex Police Station on 15 July 2022 following shootings in the area. Picture: @David_Makhura/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday said seven suspects linked to the killings of at least six people in separate incidents of robbery on Thursday night have been arrested.

Makhura was in Alexandra township in Johannesburg following an armed robbery that claimed the life of Alex FM music manager Joshua Mbatha among others.

According to authorities, the suspects are locals - aged between 23 and 33 - and were arrested on Friday afternoon.

They were found in possession of firearms, cellphones and ammunition.

Gauteng police say they've opened cases of murder and attempted murder and a few cases of robbery.

It's alleged an armed gang has been terrorising the Alexandra community for weeks.

The police ministry also confirmed a sixth person died from his injuries in hospital.

Makhura said police visibility would be increased following Thursday night's deadly shootings.

“O Kae Molao; you will see us even over the weekend. We will be in the different areas of our province.”

The premier said they would also be reaching out to the families of those who were murdered.

“Some of the victims are admitted at Charlotte Maxeke and Edenvale hospitals and the other government team will be visiting the bereaved families.”

Makhura also thanked the community of Alexandra for assisting the police with information that helped to find and arrest the suspects.

SANEF CONDEMNS MURDER OF MUSIC COMPILER

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has condemned the murder of Alex FM music compiler Mbatha.

Sanef’s executive director Reggie Moalusi said Mbatha’s murder underlined the high levels of deadly crimes that South Africans were subjected to daily.

“We are saddened and we are shocked at the brutal way Mbatha was killed. He was very young at 32 and he worked for one of the most enterprising community radio stations we have.”

Two of Mbatha’s colleagues were also robbed during the attack but managed to escape unharmed.

Alex FM’s station manager Takalani Nemangowe said the pair, Sammy Ramodike and Matome Mookanedi, have been left traumatised: “I mean this is very devastating – now you’re with a person and the next minute you are told that this person is no more. So, it’s very hard for us as Alex FM.”