IFP man held for robberies

2009-03-09 00:00

A prominent IFP leader in the KZN midlands has escaped from police holding cells after he was arrested for armed robbery.

Zamokwakhe Andrias Dlamini (40) — aka Msai — was arrested for the possession of unlicensed firearms and stolen goods, but escaped from the holding cells in Mooi River.

Dlamini contested the position of Ward 1 councillor in the Mooi Mpofana Municipality during by-elections in November 2008, but lost to Rommel Jackson of the ANC.

IFP regional leader and the Mayor of Estcourt, Maliyakhe Shelembe, distanced the party from Dlamini’s arrest. When The Witness asked Shelembe about Dlamini’s arrest and escape, he said he had not heard about the incident.

“We cannot link the arrest of an individual to the IFP and this will have no bearing on our campaign for the elections. It is not our mandate to be involved in criminal activities. If an individual is found to be involved in such things, they must face the law,” Shelembe said.

He said Dlamini is not a candidate for the upcoming elections and therefore his arrest or escape will not dent the party’s image.

SAPS spokeswoman Captain Charmaine Struwig said Dlamini and two other suspects escaped from the Mooi River cells hours after being arrested. She said Dlamini was arrested at about noon on Sunday, but was found to have escaped by Sunday evening.

“We suspect that the three [had] outside assistance. We have launched an intense investigation into the break-out.”

It is alleged that Dlamini was found in his home in Town View Section, Bruntville, and an unlicensed gun, stolen petrol cards and cell phones were recovered.

“The stolen property is suspected to have been taken in robberies committed along the N3 near Mooi River, where truck drivers were targeted by armed suspects.”

The other two suspects who escaped with Dlamini are David Thokozani Dubazane, aged about 30, who was arrested for assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm and the theft of a motorcycle, and Linda Khuzwayo, in his 30s, who was arrested for the possession of an unlicensed firearm.

Anyone who can help police in tracing the three is requested to call Captain S.M. Naidoo at 033 263 7600 or 082 411 6487, or Crime Stop at 08600 10111.

sandilez@witness.co.za

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