Ntombizethu Ngcobo
Journalist
2 minute read
24 Jun 2022
08:58

Plessislaer SAPS in KwaZulu-Natal need help to identifying murdered man

Ntombizethu Ngcobo

Plessislaer SAPS are seeking the community’s assistance in tracing the next of kin of a 51-year-old man who was shot dead near Harry Gwala Regional Hospital in Edendale on Tuesday morning.

Plessislaer SAPS are seeking the community’s assistance in tracing the next of kin of a 51-year-old man who was shot dead near Harry Gwala Regional Hospital in Edendale on Tuesday morning.

It is alleged that the gunmen stopped their car at a bus stop, dropped off the man and then shot him in full view of commuters. They then fled the scene.

The man cannot be named as he has not yet been identified by his family. Police spokesperson Sergeant Sifiso Gwala said the man had gunshot wounds near his left ear and in his back. “A murder case has been opened for investigation,” he added.

He said: 

“No arrests have yet been made … we appeal to members of the public to come forward if they have information that will assist in this case. We are aware that the community is scared to come forward. What they can do is to speak to a police officer that they trust or remain anonymous. We can … defeat crime if we work together.”

On June 4, it was reported that a man in his 40s was shot and left on a path next to the main road coming from Taylors Halt. In that case, two men were seen getting out of a car and holding onto the man before the shooting.

These shootings have sparked fear among residents, one of whom said, “We are worried about our safety being endangered. Something needs to be done to curb crime which has escalated to another level. We don’t feel safe at all.”

uMgungundlovu District Community Policing Forum (CPF) secretary, Milton Ncolosi, said criminality has escalated to another level this year.

He added:

“It is a great concern to us. Residents are not safe they fear for their lives.”