The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (commonly known as the Hawks) has taken a significant step forward in the case of community activist Loyiso Nkohla’s murder. On Friday, they apprehended a 38-year-old suspect in Cape Town, marking a potential breakthrough in the investigation.
Loyiso Nkohla tragically lost his life in a hail of bullets while addressing residents of an informal settlement at the Philippi train station in April. At the time of his death, he was actively engaged in discussions regarding the relocation of individuals living along the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA) central line.
The Hawks’ spokesperson, Zinzi Hani, stated that the arrest of the suspect followed a positive link to the crime. The suspect now faces charges of murder and three counts of attempted murder, all stemming from the incident that occurred on April 17, 2023.
The arrested individual is expected to make his initial court appearance on Monday. This development in the case signifies progress towards justice for Loyiso Nkohla and potentially closure for his family and the community he passionately advocated for.