Glebelands murder arrest welcomed
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.