‘Most wanted’ shot dead

2008-12-10 00:00

Police have shot dead yet another suspect, described as “one of KZN’s most wanted men”.

Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Jay Naicker said in a statement that Lucky Ntinga (32) was killed yesterday when “he tried to take on members of the National Intervention Unit” (NIU).

Naicker said that at 4 am members of the unit picked up Ntinga at a house in the Mandeni area where he was found in possession of a hijacked vehicle.

“After being questioned by members of the NIU, he agreed to point out firearms in Umlazi. He took them to a house where two other hijacked vehicles were found. Inside the house he pointed out a 9mm pistol and told them of an automatic firearm hidden at the back of the house that he would point out.”

Naicker said that as he was walking to the back of the house, the suspect pushed police officers aside and grabbed hold of a 9 mm pistol hidden behind a flower pot.

“One of the members of the NIU saw him grab the firearm and fired two shots at the suspect, fatally wounding him.”

Ntinga was wanted for numerous cases in KZN, including a double murder in Mpumalanga, a triple murder at Mariannhill and an R850 000 house robbery at Mandeni. “According to investigators, he worked for members of the taxi industry but also committed robberies on the side.”

The unit commander of the NIU, Senior Superintendent Dinesh Chetty reiterated his unit’s commitment to fight crime at any cost, saying, “We are ready to take on anyone who is guilty of an offence irrespective of who they are. Our members are trained for any situation and criminals are stupid if they think they can take us on.”

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