The arrest was made by the Empangeni Crime Intelligence and Rapid Response Unit following a tip-off that led members to a house in the Manzamnyama reserve in KZN, Zululand Observer reported.
It was alleged the suspect attacked and shot Khulekani Mgwaba (31) and Sibusiso Mnguni (34) while they were asleep in their house in the Mtunzini area in September.
The suspect was also linked to four other murder cases, including the killing of two security guards at the Duffs Railway station in Ntuzuma in 2008.
“The suspect was on the run since 2008 and finally he is now behind bars,” said police commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni.
“I want to thank the community for the valuable information they provided to the police that led to the arrest,” Ngobeni added.
The recovered firearms would be sent for ballistic tests, police confirmed.
In a separate incident last month, residents of a small settlement Marikana suspected a local man of being behind the murders of four women in the area.
Rumours began to circulate that the man was involved in the abduction and killings of the women.
As a result, the angered residents of Mamelodi East took matters into their own hands and severely beat the man whom they believed to be a serial killer.
Police officers later managed to get the suspect away from the mob and with help from community leaders restored some sense of calm.
– Caxton News Service