Sus­pected cop shooter ar­rested

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO NEWS - Tam­lyn Jolly

AN ex­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tion into last month’s shoot­ing of an off-duty Mtu­batuba po­lice of­fi­cer has borne fruit.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion led po­lice of­fi­cers to Shik­shela area in KwaMsane where the sus­pect was found hid­ing.

Sa­belo Mkhwanazi (30) was found in pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed 9mm pis­tol and am­mu­ni­tion, as well as four cell phones.

He ap­peared at KwaMsane Mag­is­trate’s Court on Tues­day for pos­ses­sion of an un­li­censed firearm and sus­pected stolen prop­erty.

Mkhwanazi was re­manded in cus­tody and the case was re­manded to Mon­day for bail ap­pli­ca­tion.

Yes­ter­day (Wednes­day) he was due to ap­pear at Mtu­batuba Mag­is­trate’s Court on charges of at­tempted mur­der and com­mon rob­bery.

At the time of go­ing to print, the docket had not re­turned from court.

On 29 Septem­ber, an off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer was in Mtu­batuba CBD when he no­ticed a man rob­bing a woman of her be­long­ings.

The po­lice of­fi­cer fought the sus­pect who man­aged to flee the scene.

He gave chase and the sus­pect opened fire, wound­ing the po­lice­man in the ab­domen.

He was taken to hos­pi­tal for med­i­cal at­ten­tion and a case of at­tempted mur­der was opened at Mtu­batuba SAPS.

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