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News: Taxi hit-men arrested


Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner KwaZulu-Natal

DURBAN – An intelligence operation, which was conducted, yesterday by the Umlazi K9 Unit and the Provincial Taxi Task Team Unit resulted in positive results when they arrested two alleged hit-men. The suspects aged 25 and 40 were wanted for the murder of the Inteke Taxi Association chairperson, Eric Mdabe (41). Mdabe was fatally shot on 23 April 2020 at 12:00, at Intake in Marianhill. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the body and was declared dead at the scene. A case of murder was opened at the Marianhill police station.

Yesterday police received information that one of the wanted suspects was at the J Section shopping centre in Umlazi and was about to board a taxi to Ngonyameni. They proceeded to the said place and pounced on the suspect who led the police to the second suspect at the Zimeleni informal settlement where he was hiding. The suspects are also linked to the murder of Mandla Gcwensa and Sthembiso Mnyandu who were murdered on 17 January 2020 at Engonyameni Reserve along Mangosuthu Highway.

It is alleged that the two victims were seated in their vehicle when they were attacked by unknown people who opened fire, fatally wounding them. They sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the body and head. Charges of murder were opened at the Bhekithemba police station for investigation. One of the arrested suspects is also linked to an Isipingo robbery where a food outlet was robbed at gunpoint. The suspects will be profiled to determine if they can be linked to other taxi related cases reported in the province. They will appear in court soon.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula commended the team for the arrest of the wanted suspects. “We are pleased with progress we are making as a province in eliminating criminals who continue to terrorise our community. We remain committed in fighting crime and urge the members of the community to never be afraid to report criminals to the police,” he said.


Captain Nqobile Gwala
079 525 8062


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