Suspect shot: family members ‘jump for joy’ at the news

2011-06-13 00:00

A SEARCH for a murder suspect who disappeared in Durban shortly after the body of his wife and his stepson were found in a flat ended when a security guard shot him dead in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday evening.

Themba Mchunu was killed a few hours after the funeral of his wife, Philile Mchunu (41), a nurse at Umlazi Place of Safety, and her son Philani Gabuza (19). They were buried in Umlazi J section on Saturday.

Philile’s elder sister, Thuli Dladla (43), said her family members and the Mchunu family “jumped with joy” when they heard about Mchunu’s death.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Jay Naicker said Mchunu’s vehicle was tracked to Empangeni CBD. Later he was seen getting into the vehicle at about 5 pm and he was surrounded. He tried to flee, knocking down a police officer, and a security guard shot him. He died on the spot.

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