A man, allegedly involved in a murder, pretended to be an informer and chatted away with police at the crime scene. Smart detectives were not fooled by the glib talker who was arrested even before the body could be removed from the scene. Working around the clock, police arrested three more suspects and recovered a stolen vehicle and a host of other allegedly stolen property, including an Ipad, a tablet, blu ray player, computer equipment, music and sound equipment, power tools, a flat screen TV, fridge and a microwave.
A firearm, believed to be the murder weapon, was seized from one of the arrested suspects. At this stage, the four arrested men face charges of murder, malicious damage to property and the unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. They are due to appear in the Scottburgh Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 8 June.
On Thursday, 4 June at about 02:00, a house in Ntshongeni Ward, Amandawe came under attack. The mother of the house informed her son that the house windows and the vehicle outside were being damaged by unknown assailants. Sandile Richard Mzizi (28) went out to investigate.
His mother heard gunshots but a search for her son proved fruitless. The next morning, when daylight broke, Mzizi’s body could be seen down a deep ravine near the Amahlongwa river. He had been shot and stabbed. Members of the Port Shepstone Search and Rescue Unit retrieved the body and brought it up to the road from where it was taken to the Park Rynie State Mortuary. A post mortem will be performed to establish the cause of death.
The docket was assigned to Detective Sergeant Njabulo Latha of the Scottburgh SAPS Detective Service for investigation. He teamed up with members of the Scottburgh Cluster Detective Task Team, Umzinto K9 Unit, Scottburgh Crime Intelligence, Durban South K9 Unit and the Scottburgh SAPS Detectives and proceeded to Amandawe where they arrested a second suspect.
Investigations led them to Adams Mission in Amanzimtoti where two more suspects were arrested and a .38 revolver with two rounds of live ammunition were recovered from one of them. Police also recovered all the other property that had allegedly been stolen during a house robbery in Bazley in late April.
A Toyota Corolla that had been stolen in the same robbery was also recovered in Adams Mission. It was later established that the revolver was one of two firearms that had allegedly been stolen when four armed robbers hijacked two security guards of their Opel Corsa in Amandawe, last month.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni applauded the members for their excellent work. “I am grateful that we have members of this caliber in the Police Service. They sacrificed their own time and worked through the night to ensure that the perpetrators were behind bars.
Not only were the suspects arrested and the murder weapon recovered within hours of the murder, they also arrested the suspects and recovered stolen property taken in other robberies as well. That is a commendable accomplishment. Detectives are going to establish if these men are linked to any other cases in the area,” she said.
Source : South African Police Service