Sithole’s murder on Saturday in Alexandra was captured by Sunday Times photographer James Oatway‚ and the images of the brutal death prompted police to offer a reward of up to R100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprits.
The arrests overnight were‚ reportedly‚ made with the help of the community.
Yet‚ following the attack‚ Oatway received grudging support when he attempted to remove Sithole from the scene and get him to medical help.
"Help me get him into the car. Help me‚ please‚" said photographer James Oatway‚ looking around at men gathered around him. One stepped forward‚ reluctantly.
Sithole was taken to the nearby Alexandra Day Clinic‚ where nurses did what they could‚ but as there was no doctor – he was apparently absent from the facility as he feared being attacked - he was eventually taken to the Edenvale Hospital.
Shortly after 9am‚ Sithole was pronounced dead.