Suspect nabbed with a firearm linked to two murder cases

DURBAN An intelligence driven operation conducted by the Ilembe Task Team, Umhlali SAPS and K9 Unit reaped good results when they arrested a suspect for possession of an unlicensed firearm. The operation was carried out last night at 21:30, searching for suspects involved in robberies as well as two murder cases committed in KwaDukuza and Umhlali area.

The team went to a house at Nkobongo in Shakaskraal where a 25-year-old man was found inside the house. A search was conducted and he was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm with 28 rounds of ammunition. The suspect was also linked to two murder cases committed in Umhlali this month. He will be profiled to check if he is linked to other robbery cases reported in the Ilembe cluster and surrounding areas. Investigations are still on-going.

It is alleged on 07 December 2019 at 23:50, Democracy Nkululeko Zulu (21) was stabbed to death while at Nkobongo area in Shakaskraal. His throat was also slit and he sustained multiple injuries to the body. A case of murder was opened for investigation at Umhlali SAPS. In another incident, on 17 December 2019 at 04:20, at Shongololo Road in Shayamoya, Sipho Mthiyane (21) was found lying on the road with multiple stab wounds to the body and his eyes were gouged out. A case of murder was opened for investigation. The arrested suspect will appear in the KwaDukuza Magistrates Court tomorrow facing charges of murder as well as possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

The Team from Ilembe is commended for their tireless efforts in tracing this notorious criminal. This latest arrest demonstrates that we are working tirelessly to put wanted suspects behind bars and ensure a safer festive season for our citizens, said the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula.

Source: South African Police Service