Police investigators stepped up their probe into the brutal murder of 28-year-old Hillary Gardee after they arrested two more suspects.
Hillary was the daughter of former Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) secretary-general, Goodrich Gardee.
In a statement on Sunday, EFF welcomed police commitment to arresting suspects within a relatively short period.
[WATCH]: EFF and Gardee family spokesperson says the family welcomes the arrest of the suspect in the murder case of Hillary Gardee and the police meeting their own target. #RIPHillaryGardee pic.twitter.com/pvtTuOQdDd
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) May 6, 2022
“The police made a positive promise by arresting one of the suspects on the eve of the funeral of Hillary, and now they have arrested two more alleged murderers,” said
Mpumalanga police spokesperson, Colonel Donald Mdluli confirmed two more suspects were arrested in Nelspruit from late Saturday night until Sunday morning.
Mdluli said the two will join the 39-year-old suspects arrested on Friday in Schoemansdal, Nkomazi.
As previously indicated Mdluli said more suspects may be arrested as the investigation continues.
The Mpumalanga Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General, Semakaleng Manamela has called on the public, especially the media to support investigators in pursuing leads. This will ensure that everyone involved in Hillary’s murder is brought to book.
“We are encouraged by this development, indicating we followed up on leads. We came up with information compelling enough to suggest we arrested the right suspects,” said Manamela.
EFF said working together with the grieving Gardee family would allow police to continue their work, ensuring we provide them with enough support needed to enhance their investigation.
“The family will attend the court hearing. We hope justice will be served to the fullest extent since the first suspect was arrested while fleeing and hiding. In that case, the family and the EFF believe the accused should not be granted bail. They pose an undeniable flight risk collectively,” Thambo said.
The suspects are expected to appear in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court on Monday.