Man arrested with a stolen vehicle while attending a Pietermaritzburg gang member’s funeral
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DURBAN - A 35-YEAR-OLD man was so brazen he drove a stolen car to a suspected gang member’s funeral that was under police surveillance.
He was nabbed by police with the stolen vehicle in Highflats on Sunday and is expected to appear in court on Monday.
KZN provincial spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbele said the police officers were monitoring the funeral of Lucas Mazibuko when they nabbed the suspect.
Mazibuko was among the seven suspected gang members that were killed at Scottsville in Pietermaritzburg last week during a shoot-out with police.
She said the vehicle had been stolen in September last year.
“The investigation conducted by police revealed that the vehicle was stolen on September 13, 2020 while parked on Percy Osborne in Morningside,” she said.
Mbele said the suspect was placed under arrest for possession of the stolen property and would now appear at the Phungashe Magistrate’s Court.
She added that the man would be profiled to check if he was linked to other serious cases committed in Highflats and in rest of the province.
In another win for the police in Pietermaritzburg, they said they had arrested four suspects linked to a gang over the weekend.
The men, aged between 18 and 30, were arrested during an operation conducted in Alexandra policing area.
“The arrested suspects are linked to a string of murder cases that were committed in Pietermaritzburg, Imbali, Richmond, Bergville as well as robbery, rape and assault with the purpose to inflict grievous bodily harm,” said the police.
The suspects will appear in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday.