Deadly trio hunted down

2016-06-30 10:42

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Pietermaritzburg - The short but fatal crime spree of three men was halted by determined police officers who came out in their numbers on Tuesday to track down the alleged murderers.

The officers arrested the trio in the same night they allegedly gunned down and robbed a Sweetwaters man before hijacking and kidnapping a motorist to use his car as a getaway vehicle.

According to Plessislaer police spokesperson Captain Musa Ntombela, Pietermaritzburg’s Public Order Police (POP) unit together with K9 Unit officers made the breakthrough during the early hours of yesterday morning when the men, aged between 28 and 35, were arrested for murder, house robbery, attempted murder and carjacking.

On Tuesday at about 7.30 pm, Sweetwaters resident Muziwamadoda Nkala (69) was at home with his wife when they heard a knock on the door.

When Nkala opened the door, one of the men allegedly opened fire, killing Nkala.

The trio then allegedly tied up his wife with cable ties and demanded money and the keys to their bakkie.

After ransacking the home, the men loaded their loot of stolen appliances, like microwaves and television sets, into the couple’s Nissan Hard Body bakkie which was parked in the garage and sped off.

Only a few kilometres away from the house, the alleged murderers spotted and pulled over a VW Polo, holding up the driver at gunpoint.

It is believed the men forced the driver into the boot of the car and took the stolen items from the bakkie and packed them into the back seat of the car.

Ntombela said the driver was later dumped in the Mountain Rise area and one of his attackers tried to shoot him.

However, he managed to flee ­uninjured.

Officers from the local police units, POP and the K9 unit raced through the town to hunt down the vehicle, and eventually spotted it at a garage in the CBD.

As officers approached the vehicle, the driver sped off, leaving his two ­accomplices behind. They were both arrested.

In the commotion, K9 unit officers chased the speeding vehicle and eventually brought it to a halt, arresting the driver while officers were at the station charging his accomplices.

The trio will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court today.

KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner Major-General Bheki­nkosi Langa commended the officers for the arrest, saying their success shows officers are committed to ensuring all cases reported to the police are dealt with efficiently and perpetrators of crime are brought to justice.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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