Community assist police in apprehending murder suspect

Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

Picture: Tracy Lee Stark.

KwaZulu-Natal police have applauded community members in Taylor’s Halt for the swift response which led to the arrest of a suspected murderer.

The suspect, identified as 38-year-old Phumlani Ngongoma, had been arrested in connection with a murder case after he allegedly shot and killed a 36-year-old man while he was at his house on Friday.

KZN police spokesperson Major Thulani Zwane said it had been alleged that Ngongoma had fired shots at the man.

“The victim sustained two gunshot wounds to the chest and died at the scene,” said Zwane.

“Investigations have established that the suspect received information of the whereabouts of his girlfriend. He then proceeded to the victim’s house.”

Ngongoma was said to have found his girlfriend with the victim, in the man’s bedroom.

After firing two shots, Ngongoma was believed to have fled the scene in a taxi.

“The police then received a tip-off of his whereabouts. They stopped a taxi and he was arrested and detained.  A Norinco firearm was also recovered at the scene,” said Zwane.

“The recovered firearm will be sent for ballistic testing to ascertain if it was used in the commission of the murder.”

Ngongoma made his first court appearance in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, where he was remanded in custody until October 27.

In a separate incident, a 25-year-old man was arrested for murder after he allegedly stabbed a fellow shebeen customer to death on the West Rand last week.

It was alleged that an argument over beer had ensued, which led to the suspect to pull out a knife and stab the victim in the left leg.

Police said the arrested man would appear in the Kagiso Magistrate’s Court soon.


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