South African police mentioned on Wednesday they’ve arrested six suspects for the homicide of soccer star Luke Fleurs, who performed for well-liked Johannesburg membership Kaizer Chiefs. The 24-year-old defender was gunned down final week as he refilled his automotive at a gasoline station in a northwestern suburb of town, within the newest incident to shock the crime-ridden nation.

“Police have arrested six suspects for the alleged hijacking and homicide,” police spokesman Mavela Masondo (SAPS) mentioned.

Authorities have mentioned Fleurs was ready to be served at a petroleum station in his Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI when he was confronted by two males, who ordered him out of the car at gunpoint.

Luke Fleurs

Kaizer Chiefs

Once he received out of his automotive, they shot him earlier than driving away in his car.

Masondo mentioned the arrests had been made early on Wednesday in Johannesburg southwestern township of Soweto — two days after detectives recovered Fleurs’s automotive.

Investigators consider the suspects are a part of against the law syndicate answerable for different automotive hijackings in Johannesburg’s Gauteng province.

“The seek for extra suspects is constant,” Masondo mentioned.

Fleurs beforehand performed for the nationwide under-23 aspect, representing South Africa on the Tokyo Olympics. Kaizer Chiefs are one in every of South Africa’s high groups, having gained a document 53 home trophies.

South Africa suffers from a hovering violent crime price — a key political subject forward of basic elections in May, with opposition events pointing to the federal government’s perceived failure.

The nation recorded nearly 84 murders a day between October and December, in response to official figures.

Each day, 31 individuals are killed by weapons in South Africa, in accordance Gun Free South Africa, a nonprofit advocating for diminished gun violence. 

Last April, 10 members of the identical household – together with a 13-year-old — had been killed in a mass taking pictures at their home in South Africa.