KZN cops launch manhunt for third suspect who stabbed cop to death and stole his gun
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Durban - The police were last night were hot on the heels of a third suspect allegedly involved in the killing of a policeman in Verulam on Sunday.
Sergeant Nduduzo Sibiya (36) who was stationed at ORS Durban Harbour was stabbed and killed after helping a female who was being assaulted, his service pistol was also taken.
On Tuesday, Hawks members from Durban Serious Organised Crime unit arrested two suspects aged 18 and 25 for murder.
In a breakthrough last night police recovered the state firearm that Sibiya was robbed of in Mayville.
“Police are hot on the heels of the third suspect,” said Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo.
The two men arrested on Tuesday are expected to appear in the Verulam Magistrate’s Court today.
Mhlongo explained that after Sibiya helped the female who was being assaulted in Cornubia the suspects allegedly followed him and stabbed him before robbing him of his service pistol. “He was taken to hospital for medical attention and he was declared dead on arrival. A case of murder was reported at Verulam police station and the case docket was allocated to Hawks members for further investigation. In the early hours of Tuesday morning members proceeded to Bergville where the two suspects were hiding. They were arrested and charged for murder as well as robbery,” he said.
KwaZulu-Natal Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Provincial Head, Major General Leseja Senona welcomed the arrest of the suspects.
“Our members will not rest until the firearm of the late member is found and removed from the wrong hands”.
This comes as police Minister Bheki Cele is in the province on Wednesday where he is to address the parade of officers of the South African Police Service, deployed to the Umgungundlovu District .
According to police the district features as one of the most troublesome policing areas in the Province, recording high incidents of murder and other contact crimes as well as alarmingly high levels of Gender Based Violence related incidents.
Cele is expected to address officers at the Plessislaer Police Station he is also to meet with the provincial management of the SAPS and receive a full briefing on the effectiveness of the crime combating operations the officers have embarked on, since their deployment commenced last week.