3 wanted criminals nabbed in police sting

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Pietermaritzburg - Three of the province’s most wanted suspects were arrested and one shot dead in the Ematimatolo area during an overnight police sting operation on Wednesday.

The three suspects will appear in the Greytown Magistrate’s Court facing charges of murder, attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition.

The arrests were made when the Provincial Task Team, National Intervention Unit and Ematimatolo detectives embarked on an overnight operation after they received information on the whereabouts of the wanted suspects.

The first two suspects, aged 29 and 36, were positively linked to two murder cases as well as an attempted murder case in the Ematimatolo and Kranskop areas.

After police continued with their search, the third suspect (33) allegedly opened fire at the police and was killed when they returned fire in self defence.

“An unlicensed 9 mm pistol suspected to be a state property, was found in his possession,” said police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane.

Zwane said the third suspect’s brother (22) was also arrested after he was found in possession of another 9 mm pistol.

“The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in faction fights in the area,” Zwane said.

The arrests are linked to the murder of Zamani Sithole (24) and Shorty Sithole (68). Zamani was shot and killed on April 28.

“The suspects allegedly opened fire fatally wounding the victim, and his friend was seriously injured. He was rushed to hospital for further attention. The suspects fled the scene and the motive for their attack is unknown,” he said.

Shorty was attacked and killed on May 16 at the Eshane Tribal Court at Ematimatolo outside Greytown.

Acting KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Major-General Bhekinkosi Langa commended the joint operation that led to the arrest of the suspects.

— Witness Reporter.

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