Hos­tel mur­der ar­rests soon – po­lice

Afro Voice (KwaZulu Natal) - - News - SI­BONGISENI MAPHUMULO si­bongisenim@the­newage.co.za

THE po­lice said ar­rests were im­mi­nent fol­low­ing yet an­other mur­der at the Um­lazi Gle­be­lands Hos­tel on Sun­day.

The fa­tal stab­bing of Block 53 res­i­dent, Lwando Gladile, in the early hours of Sun­day morn­ing, makes him the fifth per­son to be killed at the hos­tel so far this year. Over­all, he is the 107th per­son to have been killed with links to the hos­tel since 2014.

Po­lice spokesper­son Lt-Col Thu­lani Zwane said a mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion was under way.

“No ar­rests have been made,” he said. Gladile, 29, was killed at 3am in Block 55. He was stabbed fol­low­ing an all night drink­ing ses­sion at the chief’s tav­ern at nearby Re­union with a friend. On his way home, he de­cided to take a de­tour to Block 55 where he was stabbed. Com­mu­nity ac­tivist Vanessa Burger praised the po­lice’s swift re­sponse.

“Po­lice re­sponse to Gle­be­lands lat­est mur­der has been ex­cel­lent so far,” Burger said.

“De­tec­tives from the Pro­vin­cial Or­gan­ised Crime Task Team in­ves­ti­gat­ing Gle­be­lands mur­ders vis­ited the com­mu­nity yes­ter­day and re­as­sured fam­ily mem­bers that ar­rests were im­mi­nent.”

The ris­ing death toll at Gle­be­land re­mains a huge con­cern for res­i­dents and po­lice alike. How­ever, re­cent ar­rests and con­vic­tions have boosted the crack­down on the on­go­ing killings, fu­elled by fac­tion­al­ism at the hos­tel.

Some ac­cused, who are fac­ing charges re­lat­ing to the mur­ders, said the on­go­ing feud was over dom­i­nance at the hos­tel. Whichever fac­tion proves dom­i­nant, is able to con­trol the bed al­lo­ca­tions, by de­ter­min­ing who goes and stays at the hos­tel for a fee.

Dur­ing the on­go­ing bail hear­ing of con­victed murderer Khayelihle Mbuthuma, 31, Dur­ban Cen­tral de­tec­tive Bhekuk­wazi Md­weshu, 37, Vukani Mcobothi, 25, Khayelihle Mbuthuma, 32, Won­der­boy Hlophe, 37, Mpumulelo Mkhize‚ 28‚ Ncomek­ile Mat­lala Nt­shangase and Mondli Mthethwa, the court heard that the vi­o­lence could not be at­trib­uted to one fac­tion or the other.

In af­fi­davits read by their lawyer, Jimmy Howse from Mbuthuma and Hlophe, their in­car­cer­a­tion would only serve the pur­pose of the other fac­tion giv­ing it free reign of the hos­tel with­out op­po­si­tion.

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