The ever alert Project Combine Action Team members, commonly known as CAT, from Pietermaritzburg Cluster made a breakthrough when they arrested two suspects for murder, attempted murder, house robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
The suspects were arrested immediately after they committed the crime at Camperdown area. Two unlicensed firearms, an R5 and a 9mm pistol with ammunition were found.
The recovered firearms are suspected to be used during the shooting of the victims. Both suspects age 21 and 25 years are due to appear in the Camperdown Magistrate’s Court today, 11 May 2015 facing murder, attempted murder, house robbery and possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province.
On Friday, 8 May 2015 at about 22:30 a taxi owner, Phumezweni Masikane (70) and his wife (55) were sleeping in their house at Kingfisfer road, Camperdown when two unknown suspects entered the house by force. They demanded cash from the victims and allegedly shot and killed Masikane.
His wife was wounded and taken to hospital for treatment. The suspects fled the scene after the incident. A case of murder, attempted murder and house robbery was opened at Camperdown police station for further investigation. Members of Project CAT were notified and started to trace the suspects. The first suspect was arrested in the vicinity of the scene in his getaway VW Golf motor vehicle.
The vehicle was searched and a 9mm pistol was found suspected to be used in the commission of the offence. Through investigation the members proceeded to Northdale where a second suspect was arrested and found in possession of an unlicensed R5 rifle with ammunition.
He was also arrested and charged accordingly. The third suspect who is suspected to be a mastermind is still at large and the police are confident that he will be arrested soon.
KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni commended the members for their quick reaction that led to the arrest of the suspects.
‘We will investigate to establish if arrested suspects are not linked to other taxi related killings in the province. I urged the community members to work closely with the police by providing information about the whereabouts of the outstanding suspect,’ she said.
Source : South African Police Service