A Springfield Park resident recently activated his panic alarm after discovering three suspects attempting to break into his home via the roof.
The 19-year-old boy was rushed to hospital where he succumbed to his extensive injuries.
On October 13, 2008 at 7:30pm, a 28-year-old victim was with her friend in the house when she was called by the accused, Mfaniseni Sandile Magudulela Mbonambi, who pretended to be sent by her boyfriend.
The operation was planned with the assistance of the Hawks’ Cyber Crime, Commercial Crime and the South African Police Service (SAPS) Tactical Response Units, following an investigation by SARS criminal investigators.
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.
In the first incident, the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court convicted and sentenced 23-year-old Mzwandile Gwala to 16 years behind bars for raping a 10-year-old child in Peacevalley, recently. He received his sentencing on January 28, 2018.
KZN’s acting provincial commissioner, Maj Gen Bheki Langa not only welcomed the sentence meted out to the accused but also praised the FCS unit for their sterling investigation, which led to the conviction.
The 39-year-old suspect was found in possession of a pistol and five rounds of ammunition, a SAPS appointment certificate and a reflector jacket.
The six allegedly unduly benefited from the Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) through irregular procurement process during 2012/2013.
The station’s communications officer, Sgt Vincent Mthembu said, the suspects then held the couple at gunpoint and searched the house. The suspects fled with two television sets worth R30, 000.
The circumstances surrounding the incident were not known, but local authorities were at the scene and will be investigating further.