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Man shot dead in shoot-out with cops

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December 6 2015 at 11:19am
By ANA Reporter

Durban – A man possibly linked to police killings and the Seven Oaks shoot-out with police was shot dead in another shoot-out with police in KwaMashu, Durban, while his alleged accomplice was arrested, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Sunday.

KwaMashu police were patrolling KwaMashu and surrounding areas at about 5.30pm on Saturday when they received information about suspects in possession of unlicensed firearms at KwaMashu men’s hostel, spokesman Major Thulani Zwane said.

The officers called for back-up from the Durban flying squad, K9 unit, and Inanda police cluster task team, and an operation was launched, he said. “A house was identified at the hostel and there were more than 15 suspects inside.

“It was penetrated and when the suspects noticed that they were approached by the police, one of them fired shots towards the members and the members retaliated, fatally wounding him.

“A 9mm pistol was found in his possession and the second suspect was also arrested after he was found in possession of a CZ 7.5mm pistol with ammunition. Both suspects are suspected to be involved in police killing in KwaMashu and were part of the gang that escaped from [the] Seven Oaks shooting at Greytown last month,” Zwane said.

The arrested man, 23, was charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and would appear in the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

Zwane said that in a separate incident on Saturday, Phoenix tactical response team members were patrolling in the KwaDukuza area when they followed up information about a suspicious vehicle in the area. A vehicle fitting the description was spotted and stopped. “The driver was searched and was found in possession of a 9mm pistol with ammunition.” It was established that the vehicle was earlier reported stolen in the Hillcrest area.

“On further investigation, the suspect took the members to his homestead at Maphumulo area where they recovered two AK47 assault rifles and ammunition hidden under his bed.

The suspect, 35, was charged accordingly and will appear in the KwaDukuza Magistrate’s Court [on Monday on charges of] possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition, as well as possession of [a] suspected stolen vehicle,” Zwane said.

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lt-Gen Mmamonnye Ngobeni welcomed the arrests and the recovery of unlicensed firearms. “These firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province.

“Our detectives will work tirelessly to establish if the suspect arrested in KwaDukuza is not linked to the killing of taxi owners in the province,” she said.

KZN cops nab four for hijacking

November 4 2015 at 09:02pm
By ANA Reporter                                           Durban – Police in KwaZulu-Natal have arrested four alleged car hijackers after a fire1308735671fight in which one suspect was wounded.

Police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said that on Wednesday at about 9am, members of the police were conducting patrols in the Shallcross area when they heard reports about a hijacked vehicle in the area.

“They immediately proceeded to Burlington Drive where they intercepted the hijacked vehicle, a white Hyundai,”Zwane said. “The suspects fled with the vehicle into St Wendolins, Mariannhill.”

Police radioed for further assistance and police from Malvern responded and intercepted the hijacked vehicle on Ukuthuna Road, St Wendolins.

“The suspects fired at police and police retaliated. The suspects crashed the hijacked vehicle and fled into a nearby house. One suspect sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.

“Police K9 rendered assistance at the scene and a further three suspects were arrested, aged between 20 and 25 years. Three suspects were taken to a local hospital for treatment and one suspect detained at SAPS Chatsworth.”

Police also seized cartons of cigarettes with an estimated value of R60,000 in the white Hyundai while one Glock pistol was also recovered at the scene and seized by the police.

“Upon further investigation, police established that a vehicle, a VW Caddy, belonging to British American Tobacco Company was hijacked by the suspects on Burlington Road, Shallcross. It is alleged that the suspects transferred the cigarettes from the VW Caddy into the white Hyundai.

“Investigations revealed that the white Hyundai was taken in a carjacking during October 2015 in the Chatsworth policing precinct.”

The VW Caddy was later found abandoned at Balington.

One of the suspects, a 22-year-old, had previously been arrested for carjacking. Two weeks ago, the suspect had been released on bail by the Umzinto Magistrates’ Court.

Zwane said three suspects were under hospital guard. They would appear in the Chatsworth Magistrates’ Court soon.

“The swift reaction of the vigilant members and the arrest of the suspects is commended. The recovered firearm will be taken to ballistics to determine if it was used in any commission of crime in the country,” said KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye.