Wanted suspect gunned down in shootout with police, in Weenen

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A wanted suspect’s reign of terror has come to an end, after he was gunned down by police in Weenen on Monday morning, 6 June 2022.

On 30 May 2022, the Newcastillian – Online News reported on how the South African Police Service (SAPS) issued a reward of R100 000 for information that would lead to the arrest and conviction of Mbuso Ndabazovela Biyela.

Biyela was wanted for multiple murders in Nquthu, Northern KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Jabulani and Lenasia in Gauteng.

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Now, days after the reward was issued, the Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela commended the multi-disciplinary joint operation for the work down in Weenen, KwaZulu-Natal.

The operation took place at 3 am on Monday morning, 6 June 2022, following an extensive manhunt for Biyela. The now-deceased criminal was linked to eight cases including the murder of a police officer in October 2021.

According to police spokesperson, Brigadier Brenda Muridili, the team that traced Biyela to Sahlumbe (Ematsheleni) village in Weenen had the following to report.

“The team tactically approached the house where Biyela was hiding, but when he spotted them, he started firing shots towards the members who were forced to retaliate. Biyela was fatally wounded.”

Thankfully, none of the law enforcement team members sustained injuries. Additionally, they recovered an unlicensed firearm and ammunition upon entering the house.

Brigadier Muridili pointed out that Biyela was previously arrested in both KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng for murder in August 2020 and October 2021 respectively, but he managed to escape from lawful custody.

“Biyela was positively linked to five Jabulani cases of murder that were committed between October 2021 and March 2022. He was further linked to a Lenasia December 2017 case of hijacking and Lenasia South, December 2017 for possession of an unlicensed firearm as well as a KwaZulu-Natal August 2020 case of murder,” the Brigadier explained.

The Provincial Commissioner has now extended his appreciation to those who contacted the police with information.

“We, as the police in Gauteng, have committed to entrenching ourselves into our communities to realise the ideal of community policing, we made a call to anyone with information on the whereabouts of one of our most wanted suspects and the calls that we received have assisted us a lot. Thank you to the public as together we have ensured the end of Biyela’s reign of terror,” Lieutenant General Mawela concluded.

A special thanks goes to, Provincial members from Serious and Violent Crimes (Murder and Robbery), Tracking team, Soweto District Crime Intelligence, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Tactical Response Teams.

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