The Durban police hit jackpot on Tuesday morning as they arrested a man believed to be in the middle of series of murders and attempted murders and also posing an obstacle in their fight against the increasing violence at the city’s notorious Glebelands Hostel.
KwaZulu-Natal SAPS spokesman Brigadier Jay Naicker said the arrest of the 27-year-old who he described as one of the “most wanted” criminals in the hostel was made on Sunday following an operation that was based on intelligence.
The alleged criminal was linked to at least three murders and six attempted murders in the Glebelands Hostel precinct. Naicker said investigations are underway to prove whether or not he was involved in other crimes around the vicinity.
“Cases that he is suspected to be involved in include the attack on three people‚ including a 48-year-old woman‚ who were shot while they were…having drinks on 25 March 2016 at 1.30am‚” said Naicker.
“On the same day‚ another man was found dead with multiple injuries all over his body. The next day‚ at 2pm‚ Lucky Dlamini‚ 28‚ and other men were shot at‚ resulting in Dlamini being fatally wounded while his colleagues…sustained gunshot wounds.”
A name is yet to be attached to the identity of the man termed “most wanted” criminal as he is set to appear in the Umlazi Magistrates Court.
From April 2014 till date, Glebelands Hostel has recorded tragic incidents where 62 people were killed.
The situation is among several cases being probed by the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
However, residents cried to the United Nations Human Rights Commission last month to seek its intervention in the mayhem troubling their beauty sleep at night.
In the most recent mishap, the victim was activist and ruling party’s councillor Zodwa Sibiya‚ who was shot inside her room at the hostel in cold blood.