|DURBAN – As a result of on-going conflict and recent taxi-related cases in the Umzinyathi and Inanda areas, a team was deployed to investigate into the matter. An operation was then carried out on the night of 26 October 2020 by the team and it reaped good results when Mduduzi Mkhwanazi (42) was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm.
The suspect was arrested at his residence in Umzinyathi area in Inanda after he was found in possession of a pistol with 16 rounds of ammunition. A further search was also conducted and a vehicle was found parked at the premises.
The preliminary investigation was conducted at the scene and it was established that the vehicle was stolen at Mkhobosa area in Esikhaleni on the night of 10 October 2020. The suspects’ two cellphones were also seized by police for further investigation. The recovered firearm will be subjected to ballistic testing to ascertain if it was linked to the ongoing taxi-related cases or any other serious and violent crime in the country.
The suspect appeared before the Ntuzuma Magistrate’s Court on 27 October 2020 for charges of possession of unlicensed firearm, ammunition and possession of a stolen property. He was remanded in custody until 04 November 2020.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula praised the team for the recent breakthrough