Alleged killer cop arrested

2015-09-08 09:44
Zandile Mahlaba (21) from Greytown who was allegedly murdered in Mpophomeni by her ex-boyfriend, an Msinga police officer.

Zandile Mahlaba (21) from Greytown who was allegedly murdered in Mpophomeni by her ex-boyfriend, an Msinga police officer. (Supplied)

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AFTER a full day of searching, police finally caught up with alleged murder suspect Constable “Boyzie” Dladla at the Greytown Hospital on Sunday night.

Authorities began searching for Dladla, a Msinga police officer, at 3 am on Sunday after he allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend Zandile Mahlaba (20) in Mpophomeni.

According to police sources, who would not be named in fear of victimisation, Dladla was on the run from police in New Hanover for more than 12 hours when he eventually managed to get a hold of family and friends with his cellphone.

It is believed relatives fetched Dladla and while they were taking him to the hospital, they alerted the police to his whereabouts.

Police caught up with Dladla at Greytown Hospital and it believed he was transferred to Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg where he is currently receiving medical attention for facial wounds he suffered when he allegedly shot himself in what was believed to be an attempted suicide.

Dladla was placed under arrest at the hospital at about 9 pm on Sunday night.

The Witness reported yesterday that Dladla allegedly confronted Mahlaba and her new partner, known only as “Prince”, in Mpophomeni after midnight on Sunday.

It is alleged that Dladla shot Mahlaba dead and thereafter shot Prince in the back as he tried to flee the scene.

It is believed that Dladla then escaped in a police vehicle to the New Hanover police station where he managed to get a hold of an officer’s firearm, fired a round, and fled into the nearby sugarcane plantation.

Mahlaba would have turned 21 years old today.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said yesterday that the police strongly condemned Dladla’s actions.

“An internal investigation has been opened so that disciplinary steps will be taken against the member.”

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