KZN woman (63) gunned down in case of mistaken identity

KZN woman (63) gunned down in case of mistaken identity

KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested five suspects after a 63-year-old woman was gunned down in what is believed to have been a case of mistaken identity.  

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The suspects, who include the woman who allegedly ordered the hit and the four hitmen, were arrested near Mooi River Toll Plaza on Sunday evening.

The 30-year-old woman reportedly hired the men to kill another woman whom she accused of having an affair with her boyfriend.  

KZN police spokesperson Robert Netshiunda said the woman travelled with the four men to Ntabamhlophe, where the hit was to be carried out.  

“Report suggests that the suspects shot the mother of the intended victim in a case of mistaken identity. The 63-year-old woman was certified dead at the scene. The woman claimed to have asked for a lift from the four men, however, preliminary investigations confirmed that she was the owner of the vehicle.”

Netshiunda said done of the suspects had blood stains on his clothing.  

“A firearm with three rounds of ammunition was found in the possession of the suspects. Whilst still at the crime scene, community members who chased the vehicle from Ntabamhlophe arrived and confirmed that the vehicle in which the suspects were travelling was seen leaving the murder crime scene, and they gave chase.

“One of the arrested suspects has already been identified as a hitman who has been on the police's list of wanted suspects in connection with murder cases. The suspect, originally from the Maphumulo area, alternated residences between KwaMashu hostel and Umlazi.”

The five suspects are set to appear in the Estcourt Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday.  


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