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Retired police officer murdered for insurance policies, relative arrested for murder

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Oct 24, 2021

A retired police officer was shot and killed, and his body was dumped in the bushes at Makhasaneni area in Melmoth.

THE MOTIVE FOR THE MURDER IS BELIEVED TO BE INSURANCE POLICIES

Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said police received information at around 14:00 on Friday about a vehicle that had bloodstains at a service station in Eshowe.

“The team proceeded to the location where a vehicle was found with two men. The men were interrogated regarding the blood that they were cleaning in the vehicle.”

Gwala said it was established that the men were hired to kill Sibusiso Mbonambi (62), a retired police officer.

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Mbonambi was stationed at Eshowe SAPS, where he was a Warrant Officer when he retired.

“The police worked tirelessly throughout the night trying to locate the body which was reported to be dumped in the bushes at Makhasaneni area in Melmoth.”

He said on Friday morning at 04:00, the body of the retired policeman was found in the bushes with gunshot wounds to the upper body.

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“Further investigation led police to the arrest of two more suspects at Eshowe. One of the suspects is related to the deceased, while the other suspect is a former employee of a community radio station.

“During the course of the investigation, it was revealed that the deceased was killed due to insurance policies that were matured.”

Four suspects aged between 28 and 38 are expected to appear before the Melmoth Magistrate’s Court on Monday on charges of murder.

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