Three arrested for murder of young inkosi in Nkandla

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Ibambabukhosi Mzomuhle Zondi was murdered in his home (Supplied)
Ibambabukhosi Mzomuhle Zondi was murdered in his home (Supplied)
  • Three people, including two women, have been arrested for the murder of an inkosi in KZN.
  • He was shot and killed in his Nkandla home in February.
  • The KZN Provincial Investigation Unit made the arrests on Wednesday.

Three people have been arrested following the murder of 23-year-old Inkosi Mzomuhle Zondi, who was shot dead at his home in Nkandla in November.

The Provincial Investigation Unit (PIU) was tasked with the investigation that led to the triple arrest on Wednesday, police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said on Thursday.

"Through outstanding investigative skills, unyielding perseverance and dedication, three suspects were uncovered. On Wednesday, a multidisciplinary team tracked, traced and arrested the two women and a man, who are aged between 49 and 73 years of age."

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Naicker said detectives also seized a vehicle, a pistol, and 11 rounds of ammunition which were found in possession of the suspects.

They will make their first appearance in the Nkandla Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said:

These arrests by the PIU must be commended. The province has a challenge with traditional leaders being killed for various reasons, and recent breakthroughs by the PIU are ensuring that the perpetrators of these crimes are being brought to book.

Zondi was attacked by gunmen outside his home in the Mpotholo area of Nkandla. He sustained gunshot wounds to the head, abdomen and leg.

According to the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, at least 30 induna, chiefs or their assistants have been killed in the province over the past three years.

Inkosi Phathisizwe Chiliza, chairperson of the Provincial House of Traditional Leaders, previously said traditional leaders were living in fear.

He said the killings were brutal and could never be justified, adding that children who witnessed these murders would be traumatised for life.

Chiliza previously criticised police for not doing enough to curb the death of traditional leaders, saying that government acted swiftly when politicians were killed, but that the death of traditional leaders was "not taken seriously".

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