Two ‘AK47 gang’ members shot dead

2011-11-22 00:00

TWO men shot dead by police on Friday have been identified as members of the “AK47 gang” wanted for the murders of seven police officers in Bizana, Eastern Cape, in September.

Police officers returned fire on Sandile Mjwara (26) and the second suspect known only as Mdu (27) after they were tracked to a house in Umlazi.

The two suspects allegedly attempted to rob a policeman in his patrol van last Sunday and shot him twice in the stomach.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the officer returned fire, but the suspects managed to flee.

“The officer fortunately survived the ordeal and managed to identify his attackers,” he said.

It was discovered the two men were among the shooters wanted for the murders of seven policemen at a shoot-out at the Shoprite shopping centre in Bizana, Eastern Cape, in September.

“Acting on information, police surrounded a house in M section, in Umlazi, and when the two were found hiding in a room, police came under heavy fire and were forced to retaliate, mortally wounding both men,” said Mdunge.

Unlicensed firearms were found on the men, and these will be sent for ballistic testing to determine whether they have been used in the commission of any other crimes.

Mdunge praised members of the police involved in the “house penetration’’, saying this was an achievement because the suspects were clearly “afraid of nothing”.

“Those men were brazen enough to murder our members and persist in trying to steal from them so that they can terrorise communities.

“Again, I will say that we are prepared to meet fire with fire — KwaZulu-Natal will not be run by these criminals and police officers will not be walked all over” he said.

• rowan.sewchurran@witness.co.za

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