KZN police hailed for arrest over massacre

2009-12-31 00:00

POLICE Commissioner Bheki Cele yesterday congratula­ted the police in the province for making a number of telling arrests in high- profile cases.

During the early hours of yesterday morning, the police arrested a 21-year-old man in connection with the Christmas Day massacre which took place at the Ngwane home in H-Section, KwaMashu.

An armed man opened fire on 11 people, killing six and seriously wounding three. On Tuesday, the police tracked the suspect to a house in the KwaMondi area near Eshowe.

The suspect, who will appear in a Verulam court today on char­ges of six counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder, has already been linked to a murder in Kranskop and is wanted for a hijacking case in Eshowe.

On Tuesday night, one suspect was killed and two were wounded when civilians foiled an alleged armed robbery at a holiday house in Pennington on the south coast.

The three suspects, allegedly armed with a handgun and knives and dressed in balaclavas, entered the holiday house and held up 14 occupants, including four women and seven children.

Cele applauded the police officers for their swift response in apprehending the suspects.

“It makes me proud to announce that our police officers are quick to respond when duty calls … at times putting their lives on the line [and] sacrificing quality time with their families to search for and bring thugs to book,” said Cele.

Later, Cele said the government is considering using retired sports stars and gyms to help unfit police officers reduce their weight.

“We are speaking to the sports stars who want to work with us. Gyms such as Virgin Active have also indicated that they want to work with us,” he said in Durban.

The plan was devised after it emerged that some overweight officers find it extremely difficult to chase suspected criminals.

The government will also ensure every new police station has a gym, the police commissioner said.

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