Ladysmith cop’s murder: ‘wanted’ policeman held

2011-10-19 00:00

TWO suspects, one of them a Gauteng police officer, were arrested on Monday in connection with the murder of Sergeant Siboniso Siyethemba Nkabinde of the Ladysmith community service centre.

The suspects, aged 25 and 31, will appear in court on a date yet to be announced.

Nkabinde had accompanied a friend to Driefontein just outside Ladysmith on Sunday evening and on their way back to town his vehicle ran out of petrol.

A VW Polo appeared and the occupants offered to take them to town to buy petrol. Nkabinde remained in his car while his friend went to town.

When they returned with the petrol the helpers apparently demanded to be paid.

Nkabinde had no money and one of men shot him in the chest and stole his cellphone. The friend managed to escape unharmed.

Police, who were tipped off on Monday, found the Polo in the main street.

A police source said one of the suspects is a police officer from Gauteng who has been involved in ATM bombings and armed robberies in the area.

The source said the man is seen in a CCTV picture of an ATM bombing in Gauteng, clearly identifiable because he did not wear a balaclava.

Provincial police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed that the suspect is a police officer, but said he has no knowledge of his involvement in ATM bombings or armed robbery.

“The suspect is a police constable in the Gauteng area. We still need to communicate with the police in that area to check if the allegations against him are true,” said Zwane.

During their arrest a 9 mm pistol believed to be used in Sunday’s murder was recovered.

Nkabinde’s memorial service will be held in Newcastle tomorrow.

The funeral date is yet to be announced.

• chris.ndaliso@witness.co.za

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