Man killed in Woodlands shooting named

A police man walks past one of the vehicles.
A police man walks past one of the vehicles.

Police have identified the man who was found gunned down in the Woodlands area on Saturday morning.

Shwalakhe Ngcobo’s (23) body was found lying on the ground close to his silver Polo vehicle which was still idling next to him on Woodlands Road on Saturday morning. It is believed that Ngcobo was shot late on Friday night, but his body was only found the next morning.

Pietermaritzburg police spokesperson Sergeant Mthokozisi Ngobese told The Witness that the case was being investigated by Mountain Rise police, but no one has been arrested.

Commenting on speculation that Ngcobo’s murder may be linked to the murder of a family in Taylor’s Halt earlier this year, Ngobese said, “Shwalakhe Ngcobo was killed in Woodlands and we have not been able to connect this case with the Taylors Halt shooting as yet. At this point a murder case is being investigated and we cannot confirm if the matters are linked or not.”

The Witness is still attempting to get in contact with the Ngcobo family.

Ngcobo’s death was the fifth murder execution style killing in Pietermaritzburg and surrounds in less than two months.

Ngobese said no arrests have been made in any of the cases.

Here are the recent cases:

•On October 5, an Imbali woman and retired police officer, Buhle Constance Mlotshwa (57), was shot dead as she pulled up at her gate. She was returning from an evening prayer.

•On September 28, Videsh “Debs” Debideen (54) of Howick West was also killed in a hit-style shooting as he pulled up to the gate of his home. He was returning from work and he was waiting for the gate to open when two men approached his car and opened fire on him.

•On September 23, Linda Lushozi from Imbali Unit 3 died in a hail of bullets while en route to visit a friend in Westgate. He was found dead in the driver’s seat of his car with five gunshots to his body.

•On September 30, Nosipho Mbuyisa Nyembe (40) was shot dead and her two children were injured in an execution-style murder at her home in Sobantu.

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