Cops gun down Zondi killers

2009-09-22 13:42

Durban - Three of the four men accused of killing Nkosi Bongeleni Zondi from Umsinga in KwaZulu-Natal have been gunned down by police in separate incidents, police said on Tuesday.

"Three of the four men were killed in police shoot-outs after they fired shots at the police," said Captain Thulani Zwane.

Zondi was a descendent of the famous Nkosi Bambata. He was shot dead in Umlazi in January while visiting his fiancee.

On Monday police reported that Sifiso Nzimande was killed in a house in Rustenburg in North West where he was hiding from the police.

Members of the special crimes unit shot him after Nzimande tried to shoot the police.

"Bongani Mkhize and Makhosabo Mkhize who were also wanted for killing Zondi were killed in separate incidents by police," said Zwane.

Zwane said Makhosabo was also wanted for allegedly killing Senior Superintendent Zethembe Chonco who was investigating taxi-related crimes. Chonco was killed in August last year in Stanger.

"Bongani was killed by police after he fired shots first in Springfield. He had lodged an application at the Durban High Court in October last year to prevent the police from killing him," said Zwane.

The fourth suspect Siphomandla Mhlongo is in custody and is due to appear in the Durban High Court in March 2010 for trial.

Eighteen witnesses are expected to testify.