He was arrested on Tuesday night this week and made a brief appearance.
eMalahleni mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali has commended the cops who nailed the man suspected of kidnapping and killing 13-year-old Gabisile Shabane and 1-year-old Nkosikhona Ngwenya.
The decomposed bodies of the two kids were found on the N4 towards Tshwane following their kidnapping on the Sunday night of 28 January 2018 while they were asleep with their moms at their home of Hlalanikahle township, Kwa-Guqa.
“The police officers deserve kudos,” Ntshalintshali said.
“The police officers who worked under tremendous pressure, and for long hours searching for the three suspects, have restored the community’s trust and confidence in the police system,” she said on Thursday.
“The arrest, while it will not bring back the two children, will go a long way to ease the pain of the family and the community.
“At least we now know who was behind the dreadful deed that was meted out at the two children,” the mayor said.
She said they hope the courts will “speed up the wheels of justice”.
Police spokesman Bridagier Leonard Hlathi said investigations are continuing as they believe the suspect, 32-year-old Thokozani Msibi, did not do ” the evil act alone”.
He said the decomposed bodies will undergo DNA test to determine whether they truly are those of the kids.
Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma thanked the community members who assisted the cops with information, leading to the arrest of Msibi and the discover of the bodies.
The children were sleeping with their moms on the night when unknown men broke the dining room window, pointing a gun at their parents and disappearing with them into the night.
Msibi will be back at the eMalahleni Magistrates Court on 26 February 2018 for a formal bail application.
Ntshalintshali said: “This time we expect the wheels of justice to turn fast and to grind effectively”.
She called on community members who have been hurt and disgusted by the murders of the kids to exercise “maximum restraint” and allow law enforcement as well as the judiciary space to execute their duties without interference.
“God answered our prayers by giving police the necessary wisdom to crack this case and we hope that the judiciary will apply justice,” she said.