Police Minister Fikile Mbalula greets acting KZN provincial police commissioner, Major-General Bhekinkosi Langa, upon arrival at Glebelands Hostel. Picture: ANA

Duban - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula on Thursday commended the work of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in KwaZulu-Natal in arresting a suspect believed to be a hitman at the notorious Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi. 

This comes after suspected gunman Mondli Mthethwa appeared at Umlazi Magistrate's Court on Wednesday following his arrest on Christmas Eve. He is alleged to be involved in two murders at the Glebelands Hostel in Umlazi, as well as other murder cases in the Bhekithemba area.

Police arrested Mthethwa on Sunday after he was found in possession of an unlicensed 9mm pistol with 15 rounds of ammunition. 

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Mthethwa is set to appear in court again on January 3 for a bail application. 

"The arrest and appearance in court of this suspected criminal brings hope to the people of Umlazi especially those who stay at the Glebelands Hostels. More to this, our work at Glebelands under the command of Provincial Acting Commissioner is yielding good results," Mbalula said in a statement. 

"We can not continue to coexist with criminality and violence. Having been at the hostel to listen to the people who stressed that safety is their biggest concern, we opened a satellite police station. This as response to that, amongst other concerns. I salute the work of the KwaZulu-Natal SAPS following many arrests made, firearms, ammunition and many other dangerous weapons taken off the streets to fight the scourge of violent crimes in the province."

More than 100 people have been shot and killed at the notorious hostel in the he past two years. Earlier this month, Mbalula opened a satellite police station in Glebelands in a bid to restore law and order in the area.

Mbalula thanked the people of Umlazi for their continued support of the efforts made by SAPS in bringing about safety in their community.

African News Agency/ANA