Po­lice hunt for hard­core crim­i­nals

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

PO­LICE in Mata­bele­land South Prov­ince are look­ing for 18 hard­core crim­i­nals that in­clude nine wanted for mur­der while oth­ers are theft and armed rob­bery suspects.

Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­leased by the po­lice, most of the crim­i­nals are from Esigo­dini and Bu­l­awayo.

Mata­bele­land South Pro­vin­cial Po­lice spokesper­son In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele said some of the crim­i­nals have been on the run for years.

He said the mur­der suspects are Mn­conywa Ncube (34) of Gwanda, Mh­languli Ncube (33) of Esigo­dini, Mkhokheli Ncube (30) of Esigo­dini, Peter Phiri (37) of Beit­bridge, God­well Sibanda (26) from Esigo­dini, Mathew Njelele (age un­known) from Binga, Mthokozisi Ndlovu (age un­known) from Esigo­dini, Artwell Bonga (41) from Hwange and Den­nis Ndlovu (24) from Bu­l­awayo.

“On the armed rob­bers’ list we have Farai Tap­fu­manei whose age is not known and he is from Bu­l­awayo and Joshua Mapisauanga, age not known too, from Karoi.

“Stan­ford Tshuma (42) of Plumtree is wanted for fraud, while Chi­rairo Chiza (39) from Masvingo is on the wanted list for theft,” he said.

Insp Nde­bele said the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment (CID) se­ri­ous frauds sec­tion is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cases.

Mean­while, po­lice are hunt­ing for Ernest Nxumalo’s five sons who al­legedly com­mit­ted mur­der in Shangani on Tues­day.

Insp Nde­bele said the five were iden­ti­fied as Dumisani (37), Trevor (35), El­phas (29), Bu­siso (28) and Mduduzi Nxumalo (24).

The six fam­ily mem­bers from In­siza District chased a suspected se­rial rapist into a po­lice base where they al­legedly stabbed him to death.

The de­ceased al­legedly raped and stabbed a woman from the fam­ily last week, leav­ing her hos­pi­talised.

The al­leged se­rial rapist was on the po­lice’s wanted list for about six counts of rape, theft cases and was a known thug who had sev­eral pend­ing cases in court.

The fam­ily am­bushed Misheck Khanye who had dis­ap­peared soon after com­mit­ting the crime last week. They caught up with him as he dis­em­barked from a truck at Shangani Busi­ness Cen­tre and killed him.

The five broth­ers fled from the scene leav­ing their fa­ther be­hind, who was then ar­rested.

Insp Nde­bele has dis­cour­aged mem­bers of the pub­lic from en­gag­ing in vig­i­lante jus­tice.

“We are en­cour­ag­ing mem­bers of the pub­lic to de­sist from mob jus­tice. We ad­vise you to in­stead as­sist po­lice by giv­ing them in­for­ma­tion on the where­abouts of the crim­i­nals and po­lice will then do their job of catch­ing them and bring­ing them to book.

“It is noted that in the event of in­stant jus­tice, some in­no­cent lives are lost and in­stead of hav­ing a crim­i­nal brought to book, a big­ger num­ber may end up in jail,” he said.

“In­stant jus­tice is not called for no mat­ter what the per­son might have done.”

Insp Nde­bele said the suspects have been evad­ing jus­tice and called on mem­bers of the pub­lic to as­sist po­lice in lo­cat­ing them. — @win­nie_­masara

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