Police arrest KZN 'hitmen'

2013-01-20 21:23

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Johanesburg - A swift move by police in Eshowe resulted in the arrest of two alleged hitmen who had been paid to kill a taxi owner, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday.

Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the police crime intelligence and the provincial taxi task team raided the alleged hitmen just before they could carry out a killing on Friday afternoon.

The men were apparently paid R13 500 to carry out the murder.

"Siyabonga Mbonambi, a prominent taxi owner of Eshowe was to be killed that evening, but police crime intelligence and the provincial taxi task team intercepted the plot," Mdunge said.

The two men were arrested and charged with conspiracy to murder.

In separate case, the provincial taxi task team assisted by the National Intervention Unit arrested two men who were linked to taxi killings in Folweni, Isipingo, south of Durban.

The pair were arrested in Umbumbulu area south of Durban on Thursday at 01:00, and appeared in Folweni Magistrate's Court the following day.

"One of the suspects Sibusiso Khuzwayo was found in possession of a 9mm unlicensed handgun," Mdunge said.

"He was linked to a double murder charge, where two security guards who had ties with the local taxi association were gunned down by a group of armed men whilst the third victim had a narrow escape," Mdunge said.

The two men were further linked to a killing of another man which happened on Watson road in Isipingo.

"The seized firearm will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain whether it was used to commit any other crime in the country."

The men would appear in court again on 25 January for bail application.

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