Former Pietermaritzburg employee and hitman arrested after hits on staff involved in disciplinary hearing

A Pietermaritzburg employee and a hitman have been arrested after a series of serious crimes.
A Pietermaritzburg employee and a hitman have been arrested after a series of serious crimes.

A chilling story has unfolded surrounding a Pietermaritzburg employee who allegedly organised a series of revenge hits on staff after he was bust for being under the influence on duty.

Provincial police said two men, aged 38 and 43,  have been arrested by the KZN Organised Crime Investigation Unit in connection with a series of serious crimes including two counts of murder, attempted murder, intimidation, malicious damage to property and arson.

Magma Security's Shaheen Suleiman said that the industry involved had hired his company in to investigate the matter. He said they worked on the matter "day and night and left no stone unturned" to build up information and gather the evidence needed that led to four suspects being arrested. He said they had set up a joint operation with the police's organised crime unit. 

In a statement on Sunday, police said it is alleged that an employee of a company in Pietermaritzburg arrived at work intoxicated and was dismissed after an internal disciplinary hearing was conducted.

"All those that were part of the hearing including witnesses were attacked. A security guard, 44, and his son, 24, were fatally shot at their home at Snathing Location in January 2020. A female security guard, 40, was shot and injured at Imbali in January 2019. The presiding officer had his vehicle and home at Sweetwaters set alight and also received death threats in July 2019." 

Police said the cases were reported to the Plessislaer police station.

On November 5, police arrested the two men and they were charged. They will appear at the Pietermaritzburg Magistrates Court on Monday, November 9.

"The investigation is ongoing and more arrests cannot be ruled out," said police. 

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula applauded the investigating officers for the arrests.

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