KRANSKOP detectives made a breakthrough when they arrested a 36-year-old man for two counts of murder and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The suspect was arrested within 24 hours after he allegedly killed two women in the Kranskop area.
The suspect appeared in the Kranskop Magistrate’s Court on Monday and was remanded in custody. He will appear again on 27 July for a formal bail application.
According to KZN SAPS spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Thulani Zwane, on Thursday at about 10pm two women were at their homestead at Ekwazini area, Kranskop when they were approached by the suspect who was visiting his girlfriend.
"It is alleged that the suspect shot and killed his girlfriend (25) and her mother (50) after an argument. The suspect fled the scene after the incident. Kranskop police attended the scene and two cases of murder were opened at Kranskop police station for further investigation.
"Kranskop detectives wasted no time in tracing the suspect and within 24 hours the suspect was arrested in KwaDukuza on Friday morning. On further investigation, the members recovered a 9mm pistol in Inanda suspected to be the same firearm used to kill the women. It will be sent for ballistic"testing for further investigation."
KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial Commissioner Bhekinkosi Langa commended the members for their quick arrest of the suspect for committing such brutal murders.
"This is strongly condemned and totally unacceptable in our society. These two defenseless women where shot and killed for no apparent reason. I appeal to the community to stand up and report criminals who are in possession of unlicensed firearms as they contribute to murders," he said.