19 April 2018

South Africa: Breakthrough in School Burglary Case

press release

The Kwazulu — Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Bheki Langa commended the work by KwaMashu detective members for arresting eight suspects for business burglary. "I also want to thank the members of the community for breaking the silence and for exposing those involved in criminal activities. I appeal to the community to continue working with the police in the fight against crime by providing valuable information to the police. They must be ears and eyes of the police and protect their local schools from criminals who break and vandalized the schools," he said.

KwaMashu detective members conducted suspect raiding yesterday tracing wanted suspects that were linked to a burglary at Zeph Dlomo High School. The members managed to arrest a total of eight suspects aged between 16 and 18 years and were charged for business robbery. Some of the arrested suspects are the learners from the same school. Seven of the arrested suspects were released on parent's custody and warned to appear on Tuesday, 24 April 2018 in the Ntuzuma Magistrate's Court while the last one is in custody and will appear in court tomorrow.

On 8 December 2017, Zeph Dlomo high school was broken into and 25 tablets and four laptops were stolen. A case of business burglary was opened at KwaMashu police station for further investigation. Detective members started with their investigation that lead to the arrest of the suspects.

In another incident, Ntuzuma Regional Court convicted and sentenced the accused, Sifundo Gumede (26) to 15 years imprisonment for murder. Yesterday, Ntuzuma Regional court convicted and sentenced Sifundo Gumede (26) to 15 years imprisonment for murder. This follows a murder case that was reported at KwaMashu police station in July 2017, where Ayanda Mkwayi (18) was stabbed to death. The incident happened at Musa road in KwaMashu hostel where the accused stabbed his girlfriend to death. When police arrived at the scene, they found community members who handed over the accused to the police. The accused was immediately arrested and charged accordingly.

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