Police Minister Bheki Cele at Chatsworth. Picture: Arthi Gopi

DURBAN - Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that the suspects allegedly involved in the Sadia Sukhraj murder and carjacking case had a "string of crimes". He described the three suspects as "hardcore" hijacking criminals.

Cele was speaking outside the Sukhraj family home in Chatsworth on Thursday. Cele had met privately with the family after they buried their little girl, Sadia, on Wednesday.

The little girl was killed during a hijacking on Monday. Three armed men attacked her father at their Shallcross home and a shootout ensued. One suspected hijacker was shot dead, another - Sibonelo Mkhize - was arrested and a third fled the scene and is at large.

Cele said police were aware who the third suspect was.

"It's only a matter of time before we pick him up. He won't have many suppers left outside prison ," said Cele.

Police Minister Bheki Cele at Chatsworth. Video: Karinda Jagmohan

Sibonelo Mkhize, 39, the accused who was arrested on the crime scene on Monday, was out on parole at the time of the Sadia Sukhraj murder, Cele revealed.

Cele sported an orange ribbon to represent the #JusticeForSadia campaign. He said Mkhize should have been behind bars for longer.

It was also revealed that the third suspect in the case, the suspect still at large is known to police as a known criminal, and arrests are imminent.