Arrest for firearm leads to murder breakthrough
A RANDOM arrest for illegal possession of an unlicensed firearm has led to a breakthrough in the 2016 murder case of Eshowe resident, Sfundo Zulu, 24.
The 29yearold suspect was arrested on Saturday after police patrolling the area were tipped off about a man with an unlicensed 9mm pistol with three live rounds of ammunition that were reportedly found in his possession.
Police spokesperson Col Thembeka Mbhele said the accused appeared in the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court on Monday and the case was remanded until February 5 for a bail application.
Further investigations and checks led to the discovery that the suspect was wanted in connection with the murder of Zulu on July 24, 2016 allegedly by the 29year old accused and his brothers who have also been charged.
“The same unlicensed firearm found in his possession is suspected to have been used in the killing of the deceased. The suspect said he was with his two brothers when they killed the deceased,” Mbhele said.
“Both his brothers were traced and arrested. All three were charged with murder. The recovered firearm will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if it was used in any other crimes.”
According to police reports on the murder, Zulu was driving his Toyota Nissan bakkie a few metres away from his home in the Sqwanjana area, Eshowe, when he came under attack from three suspects who shot him in the chest and leg. He lost control of his vehicle, crashing into a tree. Zulu was taken to hospital where he later died of his injuries.
“A case of murder was opened at the Eshowe police station for further investigation. The three will appear in the Eshowe Magistrate’s Court for murder,” Mbhele said.
The arrests have been welcomed by KwaZuluNatal acting provincial commissioner MajGen Bheki Langa.
“The murder case that was reported in 2016 will be solved and our police officers will present concrete evidence against the suspects who were terrorising the community. It appeared that two of the three suspects have other outstanding cases against them.”
SEIZED: A murder suspect was arrested at the weekend after he was found in possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol.