Cops arrest suspected Glebelands Hostel shooters

2017-08-24 18:59
Glebelands Hostel. (Gallo Images)

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Durban - Police have made swift arrests at the Glebelands Hostel in Durban on Wednesday and Thursday following the murder of a 38-year-old man on Tuesday evening August 22.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said they had begun investigations after the man was killed.

He said that while conducting crime prevention duties, officers had made their first arrest on Wednesday.

"Police stopped a taxi that was at the Glebelands Hostel and searched the occupants. Upon searching the occupants, one of the passengers was found in possession of an unlicensed pistol."

He said the firearm would be subjected to a ballistics analysis to ascertain if it was used in murders committed at the hostel or anywhere else in the country.

The 38-year-old victim was believed to be a former peace committee member at the infamous Glebelands Hostel.

Police on Wednesday confirmed that they were investigating a case of murder after the man was killed.

Community activist Vanessa Burger, who recently testified at the Moerane Commission on political killings, said the victim was believed to be the former secretary of Block 50 at the hostel.

She said the death toll at the hostel was now at a staggering 93 people.

READ: Death toll at Glebelands Hostel up to 93

Second arrest

Meanwhile on Thursday, police again swooped on Glebelands and arrested a 31-year-old who was wanted for the murder of 52-year-old Sbongile Mtshali.

Zwane said Mtshali was allegedly shot and killed in a room where she was running a tuck shop on July 26.

Two men pretending to be customers approached her and drew firearms, Zwane said.

"The suspects opened fire, fatally wounding Mtshali, before fleeing the crime scene on foot. She sustained gunshot wounds to the head and chest and was declared dead at the scene."

Zwane said the suspect would be "profiled to establish if he is linked to other cases committed at Glebelands Hostel".

He would appear in the Umlazi Magistrate's Court once charged.

Provincial commissioner Major-General Bheki Langa praised the team for apprehending the culprits at the hostel.

"Community partnership is vital in maintaining peace and stability at the hostel. We are appealing to residence to work together with the police by reporting any criminal activities. We also applaud the efforts the Umlazi Station Commander for her continued attempts to reach out to residents at the Glebelands Hostel," he said.

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