Quick action nets cop killing suspects

2008-04-09 00:00

A POLICE search for four suspects in connection with Sunday’s murder of a Richmond Police Station constable is paying off, as three teenage suspects were arrested on Monday.

The swift reaction by the Richmond Crime Prevention Unit to the murder of Constable Dunisani Majola (34) resulted in three teens being charged with murder, the armed robbery of Majola’s 9 mm Z88 service pistol and the attempted murder of a civilian.

The three were arrested after the police followed up on crime intelligence.

“This sends a message that we are not going to tolerate the killing of our members. We encourage community members to keep on assisting us in the fight against crime,” said police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram.

Two of the teens were arrested in Imbali, where the weekend attack took place, while the third was caught hiding in Msinga in northern KZN. Now the police are hunting for the fourth suspect.

The Witness understands that the three are notorious in Imbali for their criminal activities, and they mostly operate in Unit 13.

Majola, who joined the Richmond Police Station in 2002, was at his girlfriend’s home in Unit 13 when he was awakened by a neighbour, who was being attacked by criminals armed with knives.

Majola rushed to the neighbour’s rescue. While Majola was firing warning shots, he lost his balance and fell and one of the teens managed to grab his firearm and shoot him. He was rushed to Edendale Hospital, where he died.

After shooting Majola, the criminal with the pistol randomly opened fire and hit civilian Leonard Matele.

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