Local 19-year-old hacked to death, seven in police custody

Local 19-year-old hacked to death, seven in police custody
"Seven people are in custody after a 19-year-old man was hacked to death during the early hours of Sunday morning, 18 April 2021."

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Gang violence in Osizweni has resulted in yet another life lost. While gang activity has simmered down over recent months, violence has once again erupted in the community.

Seven people are in custody after a 19-year-old man was hacked to death during the early hours of Sunday morning, 18 April 2021.

Brigadier Jay Naicker explains the incident took place in Blaauwbosch, Osizweni, when the deceased, Mcebisi Rawulani, was on his way home with a group of youth when another group attacked them. He elaborates further, “The victim, who was stabbed and hacked with bush knives, was declared dead at the scene whilst his friends were able to escape.”

Following the brutal murder, an operation was carried out, with a multi-disciplinary team of police officers working around the clock to arrest the suspects involved.

Following a rigorous investigation, the suspects were traced to a house in Blauwbosch. Seven suspects, aged between 17 and 22, were arrested.

One of the suspects was found in possession of an illegal firearm, while the others were found to have various dangerous weapons on their person. Brigadier Naicker points out, “More arrests can be expected, as the investigation is still ongoing.”

The suspects in police custody face charges of murder, assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm, possession of dangerous weapons, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. They are set to appear before the Madadeni Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, welcomed the arrests and commended Osizweni police officers for acting decisively. “This area has been plagued by violence committed by armed youths in the area who have formed gangs. The arrests are welcomed, and we hope that this will stem the tide of violence in that area.”

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