Ar­rest for firearm leads to mur­der break­through

Afro Voice (Western Cape) - - News - SI­BONGISENI MA­PHU­MULO si­bongisenim@the­newage.co.za

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.

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