Wanted suspects arrested

A TACTICAL Intelligence driven operation comprising of police officers from the Provincial Detective Task Team, Durban K9 Unit and Durban Flying Squad, was conducted at Inanda Newtown on Monday during which a suspect linked to the fatal shooting of a Cato Manor police officer was arrested.

Colonel Thembeka Mbhele from provincial SAPS said the team was on the trail of wanted suspects who are involved in a series of crimes reported in Durban.

“Five suspects were arrested at Inanda Newtown A while travelling in a vehicle that was hijacked at Inanda. The suspects were aged between 18 and 32. They were positively linked to a house robbery case reported in KwaMakhutha, attempted murder of police officials, carjacking and murder.”

One of the five suspects is allegedly linked to the murder of Sergeant Nonhlanhla Masondo, (39), stationed at Maydon Wharf, on 20 October at 6am. Sergeant Masondo was at a bus stop in Bonela Road when four men armed with firearms opened fire on her. She sustained gunshot wounds to the upper body and died at the scene. Her service pistol was also taken by the suspects. The suspects will also be profiled to link them to other crimes reported in Durban and surrounding areas.

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KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa praised the team responsible for the arrests.

“Our Detective Task Team will work around the clock to ensure that the remaining suspect involved is apprehended. As we have previously stated, we are out in full force to arrest outstanding wanted suspects. There will be no time for criminals to enjoy the spoils of their crime sprees this Festive Season. We are requesting their friends, relatives, neighbours and families to call us and report their whereabouts so that ordinary citizens can enjoy the festive season,” he said.

 

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Lauren Walford
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