One of KZN’s most wanted men arrested

2014-02-26 00:00

ONE of KZN’s most wanted men finally saw the inside of a courtroom yesterday — but not before yet another shoot-out before he was arrested.

In a charge sheet likely to spiral in coming weeks, Siyanda Mhlongo was charged with attempted murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Mhlongo (34) has been linked to a number of armed robberies throughout KZN, including cash-in-transit heists and robberies of Spar supermarkets — often involving an AK47 assault rifle.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said the dramatic take-down happened near kwaMashu on Friday, when detectives with the Inanda Tactical Response Team responded to a tip-off that the man was in the area, driving a black VW Golf.

Two men in the Golf wildly opened fire on police when they realised they’d been spotted — one bullet wounding a policewoman in the leg; another injuring a bystander in the back.

An AK47 was later found in the vehicle, which police have linked to various robberies. Although one of the men surrendered, the wanted suspect “fled and disappeared in the nearby informal dwellings”, according to Naicker.

He said, “A police operation was then conducted to look for the suspect and he was later found in one of the informal homes and arrested. The suspect was one of the most wanted men in KZN.”

In a statement made before the man’s appearance, KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said, “I am pleased that this notorious criminal is behind bars and our communities are now safer. We hope that the courts will mete out a fitting sentence for the crimes he [allegedly] perpetrated.”

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