Six arrested over gunning down of Kaizer Chiefs football star

By Sports Reporter

Six suspects have been arrested in connection with the hijacking and killing of South African football Luke Fleurs in Johannesburg last week.

Fleurs, who was aged 24, was shot point blank as he waited to refuel his car at a petrol station in arguably one of the world’s most scary cities for one to live.

Police said Wednesday that six men were arrested in Soweto on Wednesday morning.

Police believe the “suspects are part of a syndicate that is responsible for car hijackings” in the Gauteng province.

Investigators are still actively searching for more suspects.

Police said they had since recovered the slain footballer’s car – which had been stripped – on Monday.

The six are expected to appear in court on Friday.

Fleurs was waiting to be attended to at the petrol station when he was approached by unknown gunmen, who ordered him to get out of the vehicle, authorities say.

The police said he was shot once on the upper body by one of the suspects.

Kaizer Chiefs, one of South Africa’s most popular clubs and 12-time league champions, described his death as “tragic”.

Fleurs joined Kaizer Chiefs last year, having previously played for SuperSport United.

The former Under-23 international represented South Africa at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.

South Africa’s sports Minister Zizi Kodwa said he was “saddened that yet another life has been cut short due to violent crime”.

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