Murder suspect tracked down quickly by off-duty police officer

An off-duty police officer quickly decided that he was on duty again and raced to apprehend a murder suspect after a man was killed in the Esekhaleni area of Besters on Sunday (February 4).

Community members were swift in contacting police after the murder.

An off-duty police officer who lives in the area heard about the incident and immediately sprang into action.

Before reaching the scene, the police officer was stopped by a member of the community who assisted him with directions as well as the description of the suspect.

The suspect had already boarded a taxi, which the policeman tracked down, and the suspect was arrested. The murder weapon was not with the suspect, so the police officer backtracked in order to trace the whereabouts of the firearm.

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He made his way to the crime scene, where the weapon was. The suspect had allegedly left the murder weapon at the crime scene in an attempt to dupe people into thinking that the victim had committed suicide.

The 40-year-old suspect made an appearance in the Ladysmith Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday (February 6). He faces a charge of murder.

The deceased has been identified as 69-year-old Mavio John Ndlovu.

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