Port Elizabeth – Eastern Cape police spokesperson Brigadier Marinda Mills has confirmed that two men, aged 28 and 31, have been arrested in what was described as a major breakthrough in the murder of popular teacher Jayde Panayiotou.

Mills said there was a strong prima facie case against both, and that robbery had been ruled out as motive for the murder.

“The one suspect, aged 31, has been arrested during the week and will appear in court today [Thursday] while the second suspect was arrested late last night and is expected to appear in court on Monday,” she said.

Only one name released so far

“It is not police procedure to release the details of suspects before they have appeared in court,” she said.

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According to the SAPS Twitter feed, 31-year-old Thando Siyoli appeared in a Port Elizabeth court today in connection with the murder. The second suspect, a 28-year-old, will appear on Monday.

Mills congratulated the task team, which consisted of local detectives, Hawks, crime intelligence and the NPA for the breakthrough in the investigation.

Details are sketchy

According to a report in Die Son, a suspect was paid R80,000 for a ‘hit’ on Jayde. Police were in contact with the man paid for the ‘hit’ which was allegedly organised by a close, unnamed family member.

Police organised a sting operation this morning, setting a trap for the family member. According to Die Son, the man demanded more money in return for his silence. When the money was exchanged the second suspect was arrested.