JUST IN: Two arrested for murder of five-year-old during botched hijacking

Ditebogo Junior Phalane. Picture: Twitter

Ditebogo Junior Phalane. Picture: Twitter

Published May 16, 2024


There has been a breakthrough in the murder of five-year-old Ditebogo Junior Phalane who was killed over the weekend in a botched hijacking incident in Soshanguve.

On Thursday morning, the South African Police Service (SAPS) national spokesperson Brigadier Athlende Mathe confirmed the arrest by Gauteng police.

“The vehicle used during the hijacking incident has been seized.

“A car jamming device, a firearm and a stolen vehicle was also found in the suspect’s possession.”

Phalane was killed during a hijacking incident on May 10 when suspect’s tried to hijack his father’s vehicle.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo said that according to information, an unconfirmed number of armed suspects allegedly hijacked the father’s Toyota bakkie and shot the boy, who later died in hospital.

This week, Police Minister Bheki Cele paid a comfort visit to Phalane’s family.

While addressing the Soshanguve community and members of the SAPS Stabilisation Team, Cele did not mince his words as he urged communities to come forward with information that can assist police investigations and called on officers to act tough on crime.

National police commissioner, General Fannie Masemola said that more policing resources and personnel have been deployed in the area to address high levels of criminality.

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