SUSPECT DIES IN GUNFIGHT WITH POLICE
By: Gift Nyamapfene
A 30-year-old man was killed in a gunfight with police in KwaMashu on Tuesday.
Sihle Jali was one of three suspects who opened fire at police when they were chasing after them. Police returned fire and he died in the stand off. The other two suspects managed to escape from the police during the shoot out.
Police showed no remorse.
KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni said, “I am glad that our police officers were able to defend themselves when they came under fire.”
She further commended the police for “the manner in which they bravely took on these criminals despite coming under fire”.
Police said Jali and the other three suspects were over-speeding. The flying squad, which patrols the KwaMashu area, was called in and chased the vehicle, which did not have a registration plate.
The suspects allegedly opened fire at police when they saw that they were being pursued. They eventually lost control of the vehicle and hit a house at the corner of Dakwakusutha and Ndlondlo Roads.
An unlicensed 9mm pistol with an erased serial number was found next to Jali’s corpse. After searching the suspects’ vehicle, police also recovered two magazines with live ammunition.
Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker claimed that Jali was also linked to a case of attempted murder and rape reported in Ntuzuma as well as a house robbery case reported in Newlands East.
“The suspects’ fingerprints were taken and we are convinced that he will be linked to more cases in the province,” said Naicker.
KwaMashu police station opened an inquest for attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms.