News: Man due in court for murder of three cousins

DURBAN After nine months of intensive investigation by the detective assigned to the case a suspect linked to a triple murder in KwaNdengezi had been arrested.

A 28-year-old suspect was arrested on Monday night at Isipingo at his place of employment where he works as a security guard. His arrest follows an incident that took place on 05 April 2019 at Shongweni, where three 28-year-old men were asleep in an outbuilding when their dwelling caught on fire. The three victims, Thabo Maphumulo as well as Sboniso and Siyabonga Shabalala were burnt beyond recognition when their home was doused with petrol and set alight.

Initially an inquest was opened at KwaNdengezi SAPS. Following a rigorous probe the investigating officer was able to connect the dots with regards to the suspect involved and the docket was changed to murder. On Monday night the suspect was traced and arrested with the assistance of the K9 Unit. The investigation revealed that the deceased and suspect are related. He is expected to appear in the Pinetown Magistrates Court on Thursday, 13 February 2020 facing charges for murder.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula commended the investigating officer for his perseverance in investigating the case. These arrests send a clear message to the perpetrators of crime that the long arm of the law will always catch up with you. We hope this arrest will bring closure to the family, he said.

Source: South African Police Service