Suspected murderer arrested for Warwick Avenue shooting

Police have confirmed that a suspect, who was arrested for a shooting incident in Warwick Avenue, has also been linked to a murder case. Cpt Nqobile Gwala of the South African Police Service said that on the morning of the incident, two men were playing pool and consuming drinks when the suspect arrived.

“He demanded their drinks and they refused. The two men moved the suspect away and he then withdrew a firearm and fired three shots at the victim’s direction,” said Cpt Gwala.

Luckily, no one was injured during the incident. Cpt Gwala further explained that community members then gathered and assaulted the suspect. He was placed under arrest and the 9mm unlicensed firearm used to commit the offence was also seized.

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Preliminary investigations at the scene revealed that the suspect was also wanted for a murder that occurred on January 20, 2018 at about 8pm whereby Khulekani Sigwebela was shot and killed at Julius Nyerere Avenue.

“It is alleged that the victim was having drinks with his friends and the suspect when an argument ensued. The suspect withdrew a firearm and fired shots at the victim. He sustained gunshot wounds to the chest and was certified dead at the scene by paramedics,” Cpt Gwala concluded. The 25-year-old suspect appeared in court.  

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Following the arrest, KZN’s acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa said the police force welcomed the greater community involvement in the fight against crime. “We appeal to our citizens not to take the law into their hands but to hand over those who have been found committing crimes to police so that our courts can pass an appropriate sentence,” he said.

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Elaine Naidoo
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