He said the task team arrested four suspects on Friday in connection with the murder of Sauls. Taiton Palmer‚ 73‚ Dennis Oliphant‚ 25‚ Desmond Oliphant‚ 37‚ and Keenan Ebrahim‚ 34‚ appeared in court on Monday and were remanded in custody until next Thursday.
Police arrested a fifth suspect in connection with the murder on Wednesday. “Thereafter‚ two policemen‚ Warrant officer Wynand Steyn‚ 45‚ and sergeant Tom Keet‚ 42‚ were arrested. The police officers are alleged to have concealed crucial evidence after having arrived first on the scene‚” Naidoo said.
The three are expected to appear in court on charges of murder and defeating the ends of justice. “The state will oppose any efforts by the accused to apply for bail‚” Naidoo said.
Naidoo said there was also a departmental investigation running against the two policemen. “While more arrests are imminent‚ the national commissioner has welcomed the arrest of the seven suspects‚ calling for the community to remain calm and allow for the investigation to take its course‚” he said.