Umlazi gang bust

2014-01-23 00:00

A BLOODY trail of hijacking, murder and theft came to an abrupt halt yesterday morning in Umlazi, thanks to good police work and good luck, with the arrests of four alleged hijackers and two murder suspects.

The Durban Flying Squad, Umlazi K9 Unit and Brighton Beach Field Unit recovered a 9mm pistol and goods that were taken during an armed robbery. The suspects are linked to hijackings at Umbilo, Montclair, Wentworth and the Brighton Beach area, said police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane.

While the hunt was on for the hijackers, things took an unexpected turn when one of the suspects received a telling phone call.

“While the members were busy with their investigation, a cellphone rang from one of the suspects, allegedly to inform him that his friend had just killed a tuck shop owner at G-section in the Umlazi area. The caller was not aware that his friend was already arrested,” Zwane said.

An arrangement was made to meet the caller and a friend at G-section, the suspects still unaware that their fate was about to take a turn for the worse. On spotting the police, the two men tried to run away, but were once again stopped in their tracks.

They were searched and one of them was found in possession of a 9 mm pistol, which police suspect was fired during the killing of a 22-year-old victim at a tuck shop a few minutes earlier.

Goods stolen during the robbery and murder were also recovered from the suspects.

The hijacking cases followed incidents at Wentworth on January 16, where a mother and her two boys were in a Avanza vehicle when they were accosted by unknown armed suspects.

They allegedly overpowered the mother and drove of in her vehicle with her two young boys still inside. The boys were later dropped off and the suspects fled the scene. The vehicle was recovered at Umlazi C-section. They men are also believed to have shot and killed a 57-year-old man during a hijacking at Warner Beach in Amanzimtoti in November 2013.

• Meanwhile, kwaMashu detectives arrested six suspects who were wanted for murder and recovered six unlicensed firearms during their operations on Tuesday night.

The suspects are linked to murder of Nqobani Zungu last month.

According to Zwane, Zungu was at Dumisani Makhaye Road at Siyanda area on December 29 when he was approached by unknown suspects.

“It is alleged that the suspects shot and killed him before they fled the scene in their getaway VW Golf motor vehicle,” Zwane added.

The police said during the men’s arrest one of the suspects was found with five unlicensed firearms at kwaNdengezi and the other firearm was recovered at Inanda area.

“The recovered firearms include five pistols and a rifle. All arrested suspects, aged between 26 and 56 years, will appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court soon facing murder and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition,” Zwane added.

The recovered firearms, believed to have been used during the murder will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the country.

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