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2022/06/06      |  Written By:  Brigadier B Muridili   |   Province:  Gauteng

PARKTOWN: Monday, 6 June 2022- The Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has commended the multi-disciplinary joint operation team that conducted a takedown operation in KwaZulu-Natal during the early hours of today at about 03:00, following a manhunt for Mbuso Ndabazovela Biyela, a wanted suspect linked to eight cases including a murder of a police officer that occurred in October 2021.

The team that traced Biyela to Sahlumbe (Ematsheleni) village in Weenen, KwaZulu-Natal comprised of Provincial members from Serious and Violent Crimes (Murder and Robbery), Tracking team, Soweto District Crime Intelligence, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Tactical Response Teams.

The team tactically approached the house where Biyela was hiding but when he spotted them, he started firing shots towards the members who were forced to retaliate. Biyela was fatally wounded. None of the members sustained injuries. The team recovered an unlicensed firearm and ammunition upon entering the house.

Biyela was previously arrested in both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng for murder in August 2020 and October 2021 respectively but he managed to escape from lawful custody.

Biyela was positively linked to five Jabulani cases of murder that were committed between October 2021 and March 2022. He was further linked to a Lenasia December 2017 case of hijacking and Lenasia South, December 2017 for possession of unlicensed firearm as well as a KwaZulu-Natal August 2020 case of murder.

On Sunday, 29 May 2022 the police in Gauteng issued a reward of up to R100 000 to anyone who can come forth with information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of Biyela.

The Provincial Commissioner would like to appreciate everyone who has contacted the police with information. “We, as the police in Gauteng, have committed to entrenching ourselves into our communities to realise the ideal of community policing, we made a call to anyone with information on the whereabouts of one of our most wanted suspect and the calls that we received have assisted us a lot. Thank you to the public as together we have ensured the end of Biyela’s reign of terror,” Lieutenant General Mawela.