Police outwit "wanted" suspect

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Johannesburg - A "wanted" suspect, sought since 2004 for at least nine murders, has been killed in a gun battle between himself and police.

According to the South African Police Services a battle ensued when Crime Intelligence members and the Midrand Dog Unit tried to penetrate the shack where Mpiliso Ndlovu was hiding, but were met with fierce resistance when the suspect opened fire on them. The suspect was killed in the shootout.

Police discovered a 9mm pistol and three cellular phones inside the shack at an informal settlement called Barcelona in Ntwatwa near Daveyton in Johannesburg.

The suspect was being sought since 2004 for at least nine murders, five of which were committed in the last three weeks.

The later five murders include the killing of a father and son, a priest and the murders of Inspector Abraham Niki Sikgwele and former Reservist Sergeant Vusimuzi Mbuyisa.

These latest attacks were all committed in the Diepsloot Informal Settlement. Mr Ndlovu is believed to have been a leader of a gang that operated in and around the Diepsloot area.

Acting Divisional Commissioner of Crime Intelligence Mulangi Mphego commended the team involved in tracking down the suspect.

"These SAPS members have worked around the clock under extremely trying conditions to find this dangerous criminal who earlier this week robbed two young and working people of their lives."

The SAPS warned that the outcome of this incident should be a reminder to all criminals of what the consequences would be should they continue to terrorise communities and continue to attack and kill police.