Suspect linked to KZN taxi violence murders arrested

2017-09-29 22:01
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Durban – A suspect believed to be linked to several murders and attempted murders connected to taxi violence in KwaZulu-Natal was arrested on Thursday during an intelligence operation in Clare Estate, Durban, police said.

The suspect was charged with three counts of murder and six of attempted murder that occurred in Ntuzuma, near KwaMashu, Durban. Colonel Thembeka Mbhele told News24 that police were running ballistic tests to determine whether or not the man was linked to other crimes related to taxi violence. 

The 36-year-old suspect has been linked to the death of a Durban CBD taxi rank manager. The manager was a resident at the infamous Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi. 

The suspect has also been linked to the February drive-by shooting of 39-year-old Nkosentsha Ngwabe, an attack 50-year-old Sifiso Shangase who was found in his car with multiple gunshot wounds near a taxi rank and murders in the Port Shepstone area, read a statement. 

Two other suspects were arrested in the same operation for the possession of illegal firearms.

A 32-year-old suspect was found with a pistol, three magazines and 82 live rounds of ammunition in his possession, while a 35-year-old suspect was found with a 9mm pistol with 85 live rounds of ammunition and a rifle magazine with 25 live rounds of ammunition.

The three appeared at the Durban Magistrate's Court on September 29. Information on the outcome of the suspects' court appearance was not immediately available.

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