After more than a year since the murders of a couple who stood without fuel along the N12 highway in Putfontein, Gauteng, two suspects have been arrested.
“Information led to the arrest of two suspects linked to the murders on Thursday,” says Capt. State Police spokeswoman Kay Makhubela in a statement.
He said the suspects were arrested in Benoni.
“No firearms were found in their possession. Police are also conducting investigations to determine if the suspects can be linked to other crimes, ”Makhubela said in the statement.
Johanco Fleischman, 19, and Jessica Kuhn, 23, were killed cold-bloodedly on May 26, 2019, after their Toyota double-cab bakkie in which they traveled stood without diesel on the N12 freeway on the East Rand.
Three attackers allegedly attacked Fleischman and Kuhn as they were stranded along the road.
Last year, it was reported that they were suspected of being killed by syndicated leaders of illegal miners (zama-zamas).
They were presumed to have been killed because the syndicate leaders thought they wanted to buy rogue gold dust from illegal miners along the way.
In the attack, 14 shots were fired. It only took one shot to claim Kuhn’s life. The majority of the other shots hit Fleischman and were also aimed at him.
There is also evidence that the attackers were trying to set the double cab fire on fire, and that shots were fired into the fuel tank.
Makhubela said the two suspects will appear in court on Monday.
However, he did not want to elaborate on whether the suspects could be linked to zama-zamas.