A multi-disciplinary operation conducted by police officers yielded impressive results after suspects were arrested for murders in Umbumbulu, Mpumalanga, Folweni and Umkomaas.
Provincial police spokesman, Lt Col Thulani Zwane said that most of these crimes were reported to police, last year, while some cases were reported in 2018.
“The operation commenced on Monday, April 9 and ran until April 10 where two suspects were arrested on Shepstone Road,” he explained.
One of the suspects was found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition. Lt Col Zwane stated that they were linked to a number of murder cases, including taxi-related murders.
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Police thereafter proceeded to the KwaMakutha area whey they arrested a third suspect, who was also found in possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
“He was also linked to a murder case in Umkomaas. It is suspected that he may be linked to other murder cases reported in Umbumbulu and surroundings areas. These suspects have been on the run for over a year,” he added.
The seized firearms will be subjected to ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province.
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In one of the cases the suspects were allegedly involved in, three people were shot and killed in the Odidini area, Umbumbulu in August 2017. The three victims, Thamsanqa Dlamuka (43), Mduduzi Dlamuka (29) and Thabiso Dlamuka (16) were shot and killed while they were walking along the gravel road.
The suspects were also wanted for a case where Sizwe Maphumulo, Wanda Makhanya and Menziwa Zondo were shot and killed while at the Odidini Taxi Rank in May 2017.
All arrested suspects, aged between 22 and 26 years, appeared in the Umbumbulu Magistrates Court and Umlazi Magistrates Court and were remanded in custody until April 20, 2018 for bail application.
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