Three of the four suspects believed to be involved in the armed robbery and murder of Lieutenant Colonel Jabulani Ndawonde in Would possibly well maybe were fatally wounded in a shootout with participants of the legislation on Monday, 14 June.
Unfortunately, two canine from the Pietermaritzburg K9 unit were killed during the gun battle between police and the suspects.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL NDAWONDE MURDERED
Ndawonde – who used to be the acting station commander of Ndwandwe SAPS – used to be killed shut to the Bhamshela taxi infamous on 24 Would possibly well maybe. He used to be off-responsibility and on his manner home, travelling in a marked relate automobile, when he used to be ambushed by unknown attackers and shot insensible. Ndawonde’s automobile crashed into a fence subsequent to the R614 street after the shooting.
“Lieutenant Colonel Ndawonde sustained more than one gunshot wounds and his 9mm provider pistol and an R5 sutomatic rifle were taken by the suspects,” mentioned Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale.
A case of murder and armed robbery used to be opened and disbursed to the Durban Hawks for further investigation.
INTELLIGENCE LED TO SHOOTOUT WITH NDAWONDE MURDER SUSPECTS
The Hawks obtained intelligence information pertaining to the whereabouts of the suspects involved in Ndawonde’s murder – this led to the shootout that took station on Monday. The suspects were travelling in a Maroon Jeep, which matched the description police got, from Maqongqo in direction of Pietermaritzburg.
A multidisciplinary team – made up of participants from Hawks Crucial Organised Crime Durban, Crime Intelligence, Pietermaritzburg K9 and Tactical Response Team – stopped the jeep and the suspects responded with gunfire.
“Two suspects jumped out of the automobile and disappeared in the shut by bushes whereas the other two tried to force lend a hand to Maqongqo but unfortunately the automobile went down a ditch,” mentioned Mogale. “Closer inspection printed that the suspect driver had been fatally wounded.”
BLOOD TRAIL THROUGH SUGAR CANE, K9s KILLED
One of the wounded suspects left a budge of blood as he and an accomplice tried to flee by intention of the shut by sugar cane fields. “Attributable to the advanced terrain, assistance of the Pietermaritzburg K9 used to be enlisted,” mentioned Mogale.
A K9 police officer and his canine, Shaka, entered the field and adopted the budge left by the suspects. Unfortunately, Shaka used to be shot and killed by one of the suspects he situated – the suspect additionally let off shots at the participants, who fatally wounded him when they returned fire.
“Another K9 member with a canine, Simba, joined the team in locating the third suspect,” mentioned Mogale. “Simba engaged the suspect but unfortunately used to be fatally wounded and so used to be the suspect.”
A third K9 unit canine, Duke, used to be injured by the fourth suspect but fortunately it survived. “The suspect shot Duke and managed to flee deeper into the dense bushes,” mentioned Mogale. Duke used to be airlifted to medical institution for pressing medical institution treatment and is recovering.
The fourth suspect remains at astronomical.
JUSTICE FOR THE NDAWONDE FAMILY
The provincial Head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, Main Commonplace Lesetja Senona, praised the multidisciplinary team for ensuring that justice used to be brought to the Ndawonde family and offered his condolences to the K9 Pietermaritzburg unit for the losses suffered.
“We shall continue to gain certain that communities are safe from these criminals and justice prevails,” mentioned Senona.
The multidisciplinary team recovered four unlicensed weapons – including a R4 rifle, a R5 rifle and two 9mm pistols – along with a dashboard blue light and a box of ammunition. Mogale mentioned 13 counts of attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition, malicious pain to property and inquest dockets were opened for investigation.
TWO OF THE DECEASED INVOLVED IN ‘MASSACRE’
After the incident, police stumbled on that two of the deceased suspects were allegedly involved in the “massacre” of six of us in Marianhill, KwaZulu-Natal in 2017.
The pair were came upon guilty of five counts of murder and one attempted murder by the Durban High Court docket on 26 March 2021 but they escaped from the court holding cells during the recess after they were came upon guilty.