TWO alleged murderers were shot dead in Helpmekaar, near Glencoe in northern KZN, during a shoot-out with the cops.
The two men had been on the run since January but the long arm of the law finally caught up with them last Tuesday.
Nhlanhleni and Msinga police wanted them for different cases including three murders, two cases of rape, three house robberies and two armed robberies.
Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane told Daily Sun the suspects were identified as Hlalabemnyakazisa Sikhakhane (44) and Shididi Dlamini (40).
“Helpmekaar police assisted by Glencoe K9 members conducted an operation in the Helpmekaar area to trace the two suspects wanted for murder, rape, house robberies and armed robberies.
“Members were following up on information about the whereabouts of the suspects,” said Zwane.
He said while cops were at Buyafuthoi Farm in Helpmekaar, they approached a homestead where the two were hiding.
“As they approached, the suspects allegedly fired shots at the members and they shot back in self-defence. One suspect was killed at the scene and the second suspect was fatally wounded.
“He died on his way to hospital.”
Major-General Bhekinkosi Langa warned criminals not to shoot at cops. “Rather surrender if cornered because police will defend themselves if attacked by criminals. The recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to check if they were used in any other crimes in the province.”