South African Police Service | Northern Cape | NARI
2 May 2018, Northern Cape: Yesterday, a joint operation by various police units led to the arrest of one of the most wanted suspects for murders linked to the Glebelands Hostel conflict. Following an intensive investigation police pounced on a suspect wanted for murder and attempted murder cases at Glebelands Hostel and Montclair.
Police traced the man who remained very elusive to the Harding area where he was arrested. The suspect (38) will be charged with an attempted murder case where Fezeka Njiyelo (29) was shot and wounded in 2016 at the Glebelands Hostel.
The suspect will also be charged with two counts of murder where two Glebelands Hostel residents were killed at Montclair in 2015. He will appear at the Umlazi Magistrates Court tomorrow and is expected to join the seven other suspects whose bail was successfully opposed.
On 12 September 2015 at 15.15, William Mthembu and Thokozani Machi were exiting a supermarket in Montclair when they were attacked. It is alleged that the suspects shot and killed them before fleeing in their getaway vehicle.
A murder docket was opened at the Montclair police station. It was immediately established that the victims were from the Glebelands Hostel and that their murder was linked to the tensions in the hostel at that time and the Detective Task Team immediately took over the investigation.
The KwaZulu-Natal Acting Provincial Commissioner Major General Bheki Langa welcomed the arrest of the suspect. "This arrest once again demonstrates that our police officers are still committed to bringing those responsible for criminality at Glebelands hostel to book."
"We are aware of the great lengths that our police officers go through in tracing those who were allegedly involved in these killings at Glebelands Hostel and we commend them for their persistence," he said.