Hostel murder arrests soon – police
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.