Police kill family murder suspect in shootout
Yesterday, members of the Provincial Organised Crime Unit assisted by KwaNdengezi police were following up on information with regards to the whereabouts of outstanding suspects allegedly involved in the Marianhill massacre. Investigations led police to Umbumbulu where police spotted two of the suspects walking along a gravel road. When the police attempted to apprehend the suspects, it is alleged that they opened fire at police officers who also responded. One suspect was fatally wounded whilst the second managed to escape during the shootout. Police investigations to arrest the suspect who escaped continues in earnest.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Langa welcomed the latest development in the investigation. “This gives me hope and shows that the investigation team is not resting. We hope that those who have managed to evade arrest will be arrested soon,” he said.
The Provincial Organised Crime Task Team have been tasked by the Acting Provincial Commissioner in the KwaZulu-Natal to ensure that they solve the case where another family was ambushed and killed. He further condemned the attack and urged the community members to assist the police in ensuring that the criminals are prosecuted. Such family attacks cannot be tolerated, we will work around the clock to solve these cases and send the killers behind bars so that it can be a lesson to others who still think that they can get away with crime.
On 5 October 2017 at 11pm, a family was accosted by unknown gunmen who fired multiple shots at the five members of the family aged between 19 and 34 in Nteke area, Mariannhill. Four of the family members died at the scene and the other victim died in hospital on arrival. Mariannhill police have opened a docket with five counts of murder and it has been transferred to the Provincial Organised Crime Task Team for investigation. The motive of the attack is subject to our on-going investigation.
Such outrageous attacks on families with young children being victims of such crime are totally unacceptable and will be dealt with upmost diligence. Three days ago, similar attack have been committed at Ematimatolo area and children were also brutally murdered. We will work tirelessly to ensure that all the culprits are apprehended and prosecuted.