Wanted murder accused re-arrested
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.