Suspect linked to killing of Bonela officer nabbed

A joint operation led to the arrest of five suspects who were travelling in a hijacked vehicle in Inanda on Monday morning.

The suspects are aged between 18 and 32. They were positively linked to a house robbery case reported in KwaMakhutha, an attempted murder of police officials, a carjacking and murder. One of the suspects was linked to the murder of a police official in Cato Manor.

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The Tactical Intelligence driven operation comprising of police officers from the Provincial Detective Task Team, Durban K9 Unit and Durban Flying Squad, were on the trail of wanted suspects who are involved in a series of crimes reported in Durban.

It is alleged on October 20 at 6am, Sgt Nonhlanhla Masondo, 39, stationed at Maydon Wharf, was at a bus stop in Bonela Road when four unknown suspects armed with firearms opened fire on her.

She sustained gunshot wounds to the upper body and died at the scene. Her service pistol was also taken by the suspects. The suspects will also be profiled to link them to other crimes reported in Durban and surrounding areas.

The KwaZulu-Natal acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa, praised the team responsible for the arrests.

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“Our Detective Task Team will work around the clock to ensure that the remaining suspect involved is apprehended. As we have previously stated, we are out in full force to arrest the outstanding wanted suspects. There will be no time for criminals to enjoy the spoils of their crime sprees this festive season. We are requesting their friends, relatives, neighbours and families to call us and report their whereabouts so that ordinary citizens can enjoy the festive season,” he said.

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Zola Phoswa

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