DA in Mbombela strongly condemns the murder of a local resident

Ken Robertson

DA councillor in Mbombela

The DA offers its deepest condolences to the family of Mr Clive Bowers who was unnecessarily shot and killed in his residents at the Bundu Estate between White River and Nelspruit on the 13 January 2015.

According to reports, Mr Bowers was shot whilst defending his property from suspects who had illegally entered his home during the course of the evening.

The police reported that unknown suspects gained entry to Mr. Bowers’ home on Tuesday evening before midnight by breaking a sitting room window. The suspects fled with various stolen items, including a firearm which was later recovered. They are still determining if the recovered firearm was used to murder Mr. Bowers.

DA Mbombela strongly condemns the attack and request that the SAPS apprehend the attacker(s) as soon as possible to ensure the safety of other possible victims to come.

We will again ask our colleagues in the provincial legislature to put questions forward to the MEC of Safety and security about the implementation of specially trained rural safety units to deal with the Lowveld’s rural environment. Since the dis-banning of the SANDF Commandos and the then moratorium placed on the recruitment of reservist police, we ask SAPS what has been done about filling this vacuum on rural-safety?

The DA also requests that SAPS must do all they can to protect rural areas – ranging from informal settlements, farms and country estates. We are also saddened by the fact that Mr. Bowers was killed in the presence of his spouse Mrs Renate Wagner.

The suspects are still at large, and the DA request any member of the public who might have information to come forward and help the police.