Firearms seized by police during the arrest of a hitman in the taxi industry in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Supplied
Firearms seized by police during the arrest of a hitman in the taxi industry in KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Supplied

Murder suspect arrested moments before saying his vows

By Siphumelele Khumalo Time of article published Dec 30, 2019

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Johannesburg -  A suspect involved in multiple taxi-related murder cases was on Sunday arrested at his wedding ceremony in Sundumbili, Durban minutes before taking his vows. 

Police revealed that their team proceeded to a house at Gcotsheni in Sundumbili where they spotted a group of people chanting and singing inside the rondavel. 

They said as soon they approached the rondavel, they were met by a hail of bullets. 

"Following a shootout, police entered the house and two suspects were arrested after they were found in possession of two revolvers with 16 rounds of ammunition. They were detained for being in illegal possession of firearms and ammunition." 

"A further search was conducted at the premises and an additional six firearms where seized by police. The main suspect fled the scene during the shootout with his accomplices. The two suspects aged 24 and 29 are appearing at the Nyoni Magistrates Court Monday," said a statement issued by police. 

"The team returned to the same homestead in the evening and found the suspect who fled the scene in the morning, busy at his wedding ceremony about to take his wedding vows. The 37-year-old suspect was then placed under arrest."

According to police, the suspect is also linked to another murder committed in June 2019 at Mandeni. 

"It is alleged that on 14 June 2019 at 20:20, Siyabonga Mbonambi (53) who was a taxi owner, was at a service station in Mandeni when two suspects alighted from a vehicle and opened fire at him. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead at the scene."

"A case of murder was opened at Mandeni SAPS for further investigation. The arrested suspect is also linked to other taxi related cases committed in Mandeni and surrounding areas. He will appear at the Nyoni Magistrates Court today."

KwaZulu-Natal provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula hailed the team for the recovery of the eight firearms and for the suspect's arrest. 

“We will endeavour with all the resources available to us to apprehend those involved in criminal activities within the taxi industry." he added.

African News Agency (ANA)

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