Murder suspect shot dead

2011-07-14 00:00

MEMBERS of the police public order policing unit in Msinga, in northern KwaZulu-Natal shot and killed a murder suspect in his home in the early hours of yesterday morning, a police source said yesterday.

The source said Mkhombiseni Sbonga Hadebe (33) was being investigated for various crimes, including the murder of his younger brother, Lindani (23).

Police were apparently tipped off that Hadebe had an unlicensed firearm.

“Hadebe was still attending court on some of the cases against him,” the source said.

“He was also investigated for the murder of his brother, who was shot dead early this year.

“The two shared one father but different mothers.

“Somehow the younger brother was the favourite of their father and he took control of most of the minibus taxis their father had, and this is suspected to have led to his death,” said the source.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane confirmed the incident has been reported.

He said that although the police had tried to convince Hadebe that it was really them outside his rondavel, he opened fire and the police retaliated.

Three bullets struck Hadebe in the upper body. None of the police officers was injured.

An AK 47 assault rifle with the serial number removed and a magazine containing two live rounds were found in Hadebe’s possession.

Zwane confirmed that Hadebe was linked to the death of his brother.

“Police believe that he may be linked to the murder of his brother Lindani, whose body was found on the side of the road on Saturday morning, February 12, in the Esithubeni area in Msinga.

“Lindani sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his body.”

Zwane said that after Lindani’s body was found Hadebe was arrested for possession of an unlicensed 9 mm Taurus pistol and a .38 special Smith and Wesson revolver, both with ammunition.

He was released by the area court in mid-March on bail on condition that he appeared again in August 2011.

• Members of the Umhlali K9 and crime prevention units, working with crime intelligence officers from Pretoria, uncovered a large arms cache in Dalton outside New Hanover on Tuesday evening.

An assortment of arms and ammunition, including an AK 47 assault rifle, were found in various households.

Four suspects were arrested and charged with possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

They will appear in the New Hanover Magistrate’s Court today.

The police are investigating whether the firearms are linked to crimes.

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