Four outstanding suspects believed to be linked to the birthday mass killings at KwaZakhele have been arrested on Monday, March 27 in Peelton location in King William’s Town. This is after the lead investigator received information on their whereabouts after they escaped during the arrest of the first suspect in Walmer.
Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Tembinkosi Kinana said that the provincial commissioner has expressed her delight at the arrest of the four dangerous suspects by the Serious and Violent Crime Unit in conjunction with the Provincial Tracking Team.
According to the information the four fugitives aged between 30 and 34 were in hiding in Peelton location where the police found them.
“The first suspect to be arrested, Mzwandile Mahambehlala (33) is currently in St Albans Prison and due to return in court on Monday 3 April 2023 for a formal bail application, whilst the latest suspects will be transported back to Gqeberha where they will be detained and are expected to appear before New Brighton court on Thursday, 30 March 2023” said Kinana.
The police made their breakthrough on March 3 when the Provincial Task Team consisting of Provincial Serious Violent Crime unit, Provincial Tracking Team, Provincial Crime Intelligence with assistance of Crime Combating Unit members, followed up on information about suspects believed to be linked to the shooting.
The information led the investigating team to some flats in Walmer where the suspects allegedly involved in the mass shooting were hiding. As they arrived in the house, only Mahambehlala was found. Upon investigation, his involvement was confirmed. His co-conspirators managed to flee before the police arrived but now they have been arrested.