SHOT IN THE HEAD. . . Elite cops gun down notorious armed robber

A police officer inspects Kedah’s body after he was shot in Beitbridge yesterday

A police officer inspects Kedah’s body after he was shot in Beitbridge yesterday

Thupeyo Muleya, Beitbridge Bureau
A CRACK police team shot and killed a notorious armed robber and arrested four others in connection with a spate of armed robberies around Beitbridge town and illegal crossings along the Limpopo River.

The robber, commonly known as Kedah was part of a feared gang that unleashed a reign of terror on Beitbridge residents. Several other criminals are still at large.

Sources close to the investigations said yesterday that Kedah was shot around 4PM on Sunday afternoon when he tried to charge at armed police.

They said, sensing danger, the crack unit shot him in the head killing him instantly and his four accomplices surrendered. “The gang used various weapons including guns, iron bars and knives to attack their victims.

“They ran out of luck when a crack unit swooped on them near Dulivhadzimo area on a road leading to the gorge where violent crimes are rife,” said the source.

Matabeleland South police spokesperson, Inspector Philisani Ndebele could neither confirm nor deny the incident.

He referred questions to national police spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, who could not be reached on her mobile phone.

“I have no information. You may need to contact the national police spokesperson,” said Insp Ndebele.

However, sources said Kedah and crew were preying on money changers, taxi drivers, illegal immigrants and mobile cash services operators.

They said the crew were tracked using one of the mobile phones they stole from an EcoCash dealer recently. By the end of the day yesterday, Kedah’s accomplices, whose names are yet to be established, were reported to be assisting police with investigations.

So far police have managed to arrest eight dangerous criminals for armed robbery cases which occurred in the last two weeks around Beitbridge town.

The police have gone into a no-nonsense mode as they seek to restore sanity in the border town.

Last week a police team arrested a Gutu gangster for callously killing a taxi driver before driving away in his car.

Emmanuel Mapfumo (29) who is facing charges of robbery and murder appeared before Beitbridge magistrate, Mr Trevor Nyatsanza on Thursday last week who remanded him in custody to October 25.

Three other armed robbers were arrested during a ZRP and South African Police Services (SAPS) joint operation targeting cross border criminals operating from the Limpopo River.

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  • trymo

    Well done Corps, so that mass transfers of corps in Beitbridge was worth it

  • Brutal Truth

    Anyone who kills is no longer a robber but a murderer.Robbery,theft & fraud are on their own good professions esp where they are being executed against Government & the rich

    • amateur panama vandal

      Wild stab in the dark here, but I’m guessing you’re not a parent. At least I hope you’re not with an attitude like that.

  • ThaDoggPound

    Good job, well done police.

    • amateur panama vandal

      They have rights. But they also have duties.

  • Je M’appelle Kindness Khupe

    this is wat cops must be doing not jumping into honda fits private cars demanding bribe money

  • patriot

    Well done ZRP.Hope all the other magumaguma will be dealt with once and for all

  • Wellington

    Good riddance, the remaining gang members should be locked up for longer than 50 years

    • amateur panama vandal

      My thoughts precisely.
      Why would 3 adult children suddenly behave like this? And how could the writer have no idea why?

  • musa

    couldn’t they shoot him in the legs rather than the head?

    • amateur panama vandal

      Very perceptive response. There’s a lot more going on here than meets the eye

    • Bamnanka UJoe.

      Shooting in the legs would have led to slow and painful death through bleeding. The head was a perfect and reasonable target in the circumstances.

      • musa

        i thought the idea was to arrest and not kill. shooting in the legs would have rendered the suspect immobile, the wounds would have been treated, the suspect tried & then sent to jail. now the police have turned judge & executioner

    • Kalanga Princess

      Kanti wena umzwelani yena ebengazweli abanye. He would rob poor citizens trying to make a living. Less problem. Big up to the cops.

  • Yah ndobasa ramaita kwete kuswera muRoad kunge Motokari pasina.

    • Mthwakazi

      Wrong arena for that language.

      • Talbort Shumba

        You are very, very silly. Uyahlanya, unopenga

  • mkotre

    yaa police yoshanda manje iyi dai iri iya yokubviswa mu bridge ichitodya mari nemtsotsi iwaya thanks Mr chihuri .please transfer ivava vachirikushanda

    • Mthwakazi

      No one understands that dog language here.

      • Talbort Shumba

        Umgodoyi nguwe wena, masende kayihlo. Hlala phansi njaaaaa!!!