Killer gang captured on CCTV

2009-08-24 00:00

IN a brazen armed robbery, four men made no attempt to conceal their weapons and apparently walked unconcernedly between Greytown supermarket shoppers, CCTV footage showed in the high court in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.

The robbery in the supermarket, two murders, attempted murders and aggravated robberies during the raid took place in Greytown in November 2007.

The CCTV footage showed four members of the gang casually walking between shoppers without forcing people to lie down or herding them into a separate room or to one side of the store.

Accused Wiseman Zuke (27) of Johannesburg is allegedly seen carrying an AK47 and walking among shoppers. Accused Tholanhlanhla Zuke (22) of Maphumulo, Bhekuthula Zuma (23) of Ngome, and Siyabonga Cebekhulu (23) of Ladysmith, are allegedly seen holding and pointing firearms at the ceiling.

The accused are charged with possession of five AK47 fully automatic rifles and three semi-automatic handguns. The serial numbers of one of the firearms has been erased. They also had 160 live rounds.

Greytown dog unit member Ageet Mewa, with colleague Navin Maharaj, both off duty, were driving past when the gangsters ran from the supermarket and shot them, killing Mewa and wounding Maharaj. Gang members then robbed a security guard of his gun and at gunpoint robbed three men of their vehicles in which they sped off.

Greytown police combed the area and Inspector Jan Jonck exchanged shots with some of the fleeing gang. Gang member Cijimpi Mdlolo was shot dead in the shoot-out. The accused are charged with Mdlolo’s murder on the basis of common purpose and that they knew that they could meet with resistance, but nevertheless pressed on with their mission, as well as with the murder of Mewa.

Three men who took part in the Greytown crimes were gunned down along with eight others in a shoot-out with the police in Pretoria last year.

The three killed in Pretoria were Gwanda Ngubane and two men known only as Telsa and Vusi.

Other charges against the four named above, as well as Mbongeni Zungu (35) of Estcourt and Musawakhe Maphumulo (22) of Msinga, are for aggravated armed robberies, including hijacking three vehicles. They have pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

A former gang member has described the roles played by each of the accused.

Acting Judge Kobus Booyens adjourned the trial to November 11 in the Scottburgh circuit court.

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