Gle­be­lands mur­der ar­rest wel­comed

The New Age (Gauteng) - - NEWS - REFILWE MAGASHULE prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

PO­LICE Min­is­ter Fik­ile Mbalula com­mended the po­lice and wel­comed the ar­rest of one of the most wanted men, linked to at least two mur­ders at the Gle­be­lands hos­tel, where more than 100 peo­ple have been killed in the past month.

Mbalula said the ar­rest and court ap­pear­ance of Mondli Mthethwa who was also sus­pected to be linked to mur­der cases in the Bhekithemba area, brought hope to the peo­ple of Um­lazi, es­pe­cially those liv­ing at Gle­be­lands.

Mthethwa who was al­legedly found in pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed 9mm pis­tol with 15 rounds of am­mu­ni­tion ap­peared in the Um­lazi Mag­is­trate’s Court on Wed­nes­day fol­low­ing his ar­rest on Christ­mas eve. His case was post­poned for a bail ap­pli­ca­tion to next week.

“The ar­rest and court ap­pear­ance of Mthethwa brings hope to the peo­ple of Um­lazi es­pe­cially those who stay at the Gle­be­lands hos­tel. Our work at Gle­be­lands un­der the com­mand of the pro­vin­cial act­ing com­mis­sioner is yield­ing good re­sults. We can­not con­tinue to co­ex­ist with crim­i­nal­ity and vi­o­lence,” Mbalula said.

He said the es­tab­lish­ment of a satel­lite po­lice sta­tion at Glebe had been a turn­ing point in ad­dress­ing the killings and at­tacks at the hos­tel.

“Hav­ing been at the hos­tel to lis­ten to the peo­ple who stressed that safety was their big­gest con­cern, we opened a satel­lite po­lice sta­tion. This is in re­sponse to res­i­dents’ many con­cerns. I salute the work of the SAPS in KwaZu­luNatal fol­low­ing many ar­rests made, with firearms, am­mu­ni­tion and many other dan­ger­ous weapons taken off the streets to fight the scourge of vi­o­lent crimes in the prov­ince,” Mbalula said.

Mthethwa’s ar­rest fol­lows re­cent suc­cesses by the task team in­ves­ti­gat­ing the hos­tel mur­ders which re­sulted in eight other ar­rests in con­nec­tion with the killings.

Fik­ile Mbalula

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