Wanted criminal shot dead

2016-09-05 11:02
CAT members (From left) Sergeant Chris Khanyile, Warrant Officer Ravi Pather and Captain Martin Mthalane look over a docket after arresting three men, with one linked to several murders and robberies.

CAT members (From left) Sergeant Chris Khanyile, Warrant Officer Ravi Pather and Captain Martin Mthalane look over a docket after arresting three men, with one linked to several murders and robberies. (Chelsea Pieterse)

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A wanted criminal was killed and a civilian was shot four times in an incident in Copesville early on Saturday morning.

The dead man was later linked by police to a spree of house and business robberies in the capital.

Pietermaritzburg’s Combined Action Team (CAT) were called to the scene of the shooting in Copesville early on Saturday. Mountain Rise police spokesperson Captain Gay Ebrahim said when CAT got there, they found a man lying on the ground while paramedics worked on four gunshot wounds to his arm and side.

“A few metres away was another man who had been shot in the back of the head and had been covered by a blanket,” said Ebrahim.

Mandla Msomi, who had been shot four times, reportedly told police that he had been parked outside the house when he saw eight men approach his home.

“Msomi told police he got out of his car and asked the men why they had come to the house.”

One of the men allegedly became violent, pulling out a 9 mm pistol and opening fire, wounding Msomi four times. Msomi said there was a scuffle for the gun after he was shot, and the attacker was then shot in the back of the head. “The man who was killed was identified as Sbu Shange, a well-known criminal who has been wanted by police for 12 house and business robberies in the city,” said Ebrahim.

She said Shange was one of the robbers who is believed to have stolen R15 000 worth of goods from a house in Bombay Road the previous week, and is also an alleged accomplice of another well-known criminal, Wati Sikhakhane, who was shot dead recently at the eMatsheni Beer Hall in central Pietermaritzburg.

“The CAT members found six cellphones on Shange’s body as well as a 9 mm pistol lying a few metres away from him,” said Ebrahim.

“It was found that the pistol was stolen from Plessislaer last year.”

She said while CAT were at the scene, witnesses pointed out three men who had been involved in the scuffle. The men were arrested and their car was impounded.

“Among the three men arrested, one was identified for various criminal activities in Applesbosch, also known as ‘Bhamshela’,” said Ebrahim. “The man has been linked to around three murders in Applesbosch and the three men were charged with attempted murder, murder and house robbery,” she said, adding the men are expected to appear on Monday, 5 September 2016.

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