SAPS EThekwini Outer Cluster Task Team conducted an intelligence driven operation, searching for a wanted suspect who shot and seriously wounded an Umbumbulu police officer, 27-year-old Constable Nduduzo Mdunge. On 10 March 2017 at 22:30, police were conducting an operation at Tshehlophe area, Umbumbulu to eliminate the proliferation of illegal firearms and other criminal activities. During the operation, police entered a certain homestead where a male suspect fired shots at the police, injuring Mdunge in the arm and chest. Police returned fire and the suspect fled into the bushes, leaving his AK47 rifle and a handgun behind.
A case of attempted murder was opened at Umbumbulu police station for investigation and the suspect was traced and tracked at a hospital in Scottburgh where he was admitted with a gunshot wound to the leg. A 40-year-old suspect was immediately arrested and he is still in hospital under police guard. The suspect will be charged for attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms. He will appear in the Umbumbulu Magistrates' Court soon.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa applauded police on the persistence to arrest the suspect. "We will not tolerate criminals who shoot at police officers while conducting their duties, protecting the citizens of this country. We will ensure that that he faces the full might of the law," he said.