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One killed, seven arrested following separate shooting incidents at two schools

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A 26-year-old woman, a compliance officer, was shot and killed inside school premises at Vumbu Reserve in Maphumulo. The suspects fled the scene, and police were alerted. Police chased the suspects together with the assistance of the community.

Two men armed with a shotgun and a knife were intercepted in a forest by police officers. One man was shot and fatally wounded during the skirmish whilst the other man was arrested. Police seized a shotgun and ammunition as well as a knife. The suspect will be charged with murder, attempted murder, and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. He will appear at the Maphumulo Magistrate’s Court soon.

In another incident, a 46-year-old school principal was shot and killed at a school in Msinga at 12:00 yesterday. The suspects fled with their getaway vehicle, which was found on fire a few kilometers from the scene. The men then allegedly hijacked a teacher who was on her way home and fled in her vehicle. Police intercepted the vehicle at KwaDolo Reserve in Greytown, and six men were arrested. Police seized an R5 rifle, 2 revolvers, 65 rounds of ammunition, 8 cellphones, and the hijacked vehicle.

Six men aged between 26 and 38 will be charged with murder and carjacking, and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. They will appear at the Greytown Magistrate’s Court on Monday, 26 October 2020. The firearms will be subjected to ballistic tests to determine whether they were used in other criminal cases.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Khombinkosi Jula, congratulated police officers for their rapid response in both incidents and the community who assisted police in the apprehension of the suspects. “All sectors of society must condemn these attacks on schools, and we call on communities to work with police to proactively identify criminals living in their neighborhood and to weed them out before they take the lives of innocent people. We will ensure that the suspects face the full might of the law,” he said.

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