A Gauteng man allegedly linked to eight crimes, including the murder of a police officer in October 2021, was killed in a shootout with police in KwaZulu- Killed Natal.
Mbuso Ndabazovela Biyela was tracked down during a multidisciplinary joint operation and traced to a village in Sahlumbe (Ematsheleni), Weenen.
< span>According to police, provincial members of the Serious and Violent Crimes (Murder and Robbery) Unit, Prosecution Team, Soweto District Criminal Intelligence Service, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Tactical Response Teams rushed into a house where Biyela was alleged to have been to hide.
“Around 3 a.m., the team tactically approached the house where Biyela was hiding. Upon spotting the police, he began shooting at the members, who were forced to retaliate. Biyela was mortally wounded. None of the members were injured. The team seized an unlicensed firearm and ammunition upon entering the home.”
Biyela was previously arrested for murder in August 2020 and October 2021 in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng however, are fleeing detention.
“He was positively linked to five Jabulani murder cases committed between October 2021 and March 2022. He was also linked to a December 2017 Lenasia kidnapping case, a Lenasia South, December 2017, possession of an unlicensed firearm case and a murder case, KwaZulu-Natal, August 2020,” police said.
On May 2nd, Gauteng Police placed a reward of up to R100,000 for anyone who provided information leading to Biyela’s arrest and conviction.
Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela suggested that information from the community would be helpful to the police in chasing Biyela.
“We called everyone, information on the whereabouts of one of our most wanted suspects and the calls we received have been very helpful. Thank you to the public because together we ensured the end of Biyela’s reign of terror,” he said.
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