Wanted mur­der ac­cused re-ar­rested

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO NEWS - Or­rin Singh

AF­TER more than a year on the run, one of Em­pan­geni’s most wanted crim­i­nals, Thanda Zulu (33), was fi­nally caught last week.

In June last year the ZO re­ported that the dou­ble mur­der ac­cused, to­gether with five other de­tainees, es­caped from the hold­ing cells at Em­pan­geni Po­lice Sta­tion.

A man­hunt was launched and five of the six es­capees were soon re-ar­rested, how­ever Zulu man­aged to evade po­lice for more than a year.

Ac­cord­ing to Em­pan­geni Sta­tion Com­man­der, Bri­gadier Jeros Thango, Zulu was ar­rested near the Mozam­bi­can bor­der on Wed­nes­day.

‘Our mem­bers were work­ing on in­for­ma­tion that he was in Mozam­bique.

‘He was ar­rested near the bor­der and he ap­peared in the Em­pan­geni Mag­is­trate’s Court on Thurs­day.

‘The case will be trans­ferred to the Mtun­zini High Court, where he will ap­pear fac­ing charges of two counts of mur­der, be­ing in pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed firearm and es­cap­ing from law­ful cus­tody,’ Thango said.

Zulu is one of the main ac­cused in the case of slain re­tired teach­ers, Nh­lanhla (68) and Ma­bel Shange (66).

The el­derly cou­ple were gunned down in their ve­hi­cle at the Em­pan­geni A taxi rank, where they had a food stall, in 2014.

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