NPA confirms arrest of cop killer suspect

2015-04-06 16:22


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Durban - The National Prosecuting Authority confirmed on Monday that a team of police officers had travelled to KwaZulu-Natal to arrest a suspect linked to the slaying of policemen last week.

This came as top police brass closed ranks, with spokesperson Colonel Noxolo Kweza insisting that reports of any arrest were patently false. 

News24 reported that a 31-year-old man was arrested on Sunday after being linked to the dramatic shoot-out which left the two officers dead and a third wounded.

NPA spokesperson Velekhaya Mgobhozi said that the organisation had reliably learnt that a team of investigators from outside had travelled to the province to affect an arrest in connection with the shooting.

He could not verify the name of the suspect, which is known to News24.

News24 learned that a joint operation between members of the police’s Special Task Force and various arms of the Crime Intelligence Unit led to the arrest of the suspect in a carefully orchestrated raid in Kranskop in central KwaZulu-Natal.

While details of the swoop remain unclear, two well-placed police sources, who could not be named as they are not authorised to speak to the press, confirmed that the man was found in possession of an illegal pistol.

They said that the gun’s serial number matched that of one stolen during a robbery in Phoenix, north of Durban in 2012.

The sources revealed that the suspect had previously been linked to a robbery at Sun City in 2009, for which he was released on bail on charges of business robbery and attempted murder.

He has also been linked to a separate docket dating back to 2013, when he was allegedly charged for being in possession of an AK-47, a .303 rifle and a pistol. Again, he was released on bail.

Kweza flatly denied that anyone had been arrested. 

“That [the arrest of a man in Kranskop at the weekend] is simply not true. We have not arrested anyone and the investigation of the case continues,” she said. 

She could not be drawn to comment further. 

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