Five arrested for priest’s murder
by NJABULO BUTHELEZI
DURBAN, (CAJ News) – FIVE men have been arrested in connection with the murder of a KwaZulu-Natal priest.
The suspects are soon appeared to appear in the Glencoe Magistrates’ Court for murder of Hamilton Bafana Zulu (39), hijacking, robbery and possession of suspected stolen property.
The arrested suspects are aged between 17 and 24.
Their arrest follow police locating a vehicle belonging y were found in possession of a vehicle said to belong to the missing priest.
The car, which had no occupants, was towed to Hattingspruit police station for further investigation.
It was not reported stolen but it was from Ezakheni area.
Ezakheni police were contacted to assist in tracing the owner of the vehicle in their area.
Through investigation the members were able to trace the family who knew the owner of the said vehicle.
According to them the owner of the vehicle was a priest at the Salvation Army congregational church, at Ezakheni and he was last seen on 17 March 2015 on his way to Nquthu to sell perfumes and never returned home.
A missing person docket was opened at Ezakheni police station after his vehicle was found.
Hattingspruit police received information that there was a victim who was robbed of cash by the suspects who were using the same vehicle.
The said victim stated that there were six occupants in the vehicle including the owner of the vehicle.
The victim and the owner of the vehicle were taken to Dundee where they were forced to withdraw cash at an ATM. Later the victim was dropped off and all six occupants drove away including the owner of the vehicle.
Police made a breakthrough when they arrested the first suspect at Nyanyadu.
He took them to Glencoe area where three more suspects were arrested.
Goods such as shoes taken from the victim were recovered.
The members also found perfumes suspected to be those that belonged to the priest.
Through investigation, the decomposed body of pastor was found with stab wounds in Glencoe area on Tuesday.
The last suspect was later arrested, also linked to the murder and hijacking.
The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni, praised the members for the swift arrest of the suspects.
“Our members are committed and dedicated in making sure that criminals do not get away with their criminal activities.
“I would also like to thank members of the community for working together with the police to make sure criminals face the law for their wrongdoings,” she said.
– CAJ News
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