Gwala mas­sacre sus­pect killed

The New Age (Free State) - - KWAZULU-NATAL NEWS - SIBONGISENI MA­PHU­MULO si­bongisenim@the­newage.co.za

A SUS­PECT wanted for the mas­sacre of five mem­bers of the Gwala fam­ily in Mar­i­annhill last week has been killed in a shoot-out with the po­lice.

KwaZulu-Natal po­lice spokesper­son Capt Nqo­bile Gwala con­firmed yes­ter­day that a shoot-out between the sus­pects and law en­force­ment had re­sulted in the fa­tal­ity in Um­bum­bulu on Wed­nes­day.

Two wanted sus­pects had been spot­ted walk­ing along a gravel road in the area when the shoot-out en­sued.

“When the po­lice at­tempted to ap­pre­hend the sus­pects, they opened fire on po­lice of­fi­cers who re­sponded. One sus­pect was fa­tally wounded while the sec­ond man­aged to es­cape. Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions to ar­rest the sus­pect who es­caped con­tinue in earnest,” Gwala said.

The pro­vin­cial or­gan­ised crime unit tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mas­sacre ar­rested four sus­pects, aged from 21 to 30.

With the as­sis­tance of Kwan­dengezi po­lice, they were able to fol­low up on leads on the where­abouts of out­stand­ing sus­pects al­legedly in­volved in the Mar­i­annhill mas­sacre on Oc­to­ber 5.

Act­ing pro­vin­cial com­mis­sioner Ma­jGen Bhekinkosi Langa ex­pressed hope that the re­main­ing sus­pects would be nabbed soon.

“This gives me hope and shows that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion team is not rest­ing. We hope that those who have man­aged to evade ar­rest will be ar­rested soon,” Langa said

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