The South African Police Services (SAPS) in Mpumalanga has recently launched a manhunt for the suspects behind the murders of two princes. SAPS Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has urged community members to help trace the killers of the two princes who were murdered in separate cases.
According to SAPS Provincial spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the first murder was that of Prince Zwelithini Dlamini. Dlamini was shot on Monday, the 4th of January by an unknown man who stormed into Dlamini’s home in Matsulu near Nelspruit.
“The victim was eating food with his two friends when the incident happened. The heartless assailant after entering the house, did not utter a word but opened fire aimed at Dlamini killing him instantly,” said Hlathi.
Hlathi said the 47-year-old prince’s friends then ran for cover, they managed to escape unharmed from the gunman.
Police are appealing to anyone with information that may assist in the investigation to contact Captain Elvis Shabangu on 0824490339.
Just days after the incident, another royal family member was gunned down. Prince Andries Mbangelwa Mahlangu was shot and killed while sitting in his vehicle on Saturday, the 9th of January. According to Brigadier Hlathi, it was Mahlangu’s son who made the discovery. He said Mahlangu’s son told police that he heard gunshots at around 08:15 and went out to investigate and then saw two men running out of the yard where his father had parked his vehicle.
“When he approached the vehicle, he realised that his father was leaning with his chest against the steering wheel unconscious,” Hlathi added.
People who may have information on the case have been urged to contact Lieutenant Colonel April Aphane on 0823026621.
Mpumalanga’s SAPS Commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has strongly condemned the killings and has also called on the community to work with police during the investigations into the killings.
In November 2020, Prince Lethukuthula Zulu was found dead by security guards at his home in Johannesburg. Zulu was the eldest son of King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Tshefogatso Moremane, 30, Margaret Koaile, 42, Portia Mmola, 28, Gontse Tlhoele, 30, and Dakalo Mbedzi, 32, are accused of being involved in the murder. The accused are alleged to be part of a syndicate which drugs people before robbing them.