Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Hawks needs help finding person of interest of murder of activist, Loyiso Nkohla Mabandla

The Hawks are requesting the assistance of the public in tracing a person, who might be linked to the murder of activist, Loyiso Nkohla Mabandla.

The suspect, Mzubanzi Luyanda Chulayo, was identified as the fourth suspect in the murder case. He also goes by the names Maya or Sgwili.

WANTED: Mzubanzi Luyanda Chulayo


Mabandla was killed in a hail of bullets at Philippi railway station in April 2023. It is believed that Mabandla was targeted for his role in talks to clear Metrorail's Central Line, where families had built their homes.

Hawks' spokesperson, Zinzi Hani, requested anyone that knows the whereabouts of Chulayo to contact the Investigating Officer Sergeant SZ Hlatshaneni at 082 479 6265.

Hani assured that information received will be treated as confidential.

Meanwhile, a second suspect, Mziyanda Mdlungu, intends to apply for bail on 1 December when he reappears at the Athlone Magistrate's Court. A third suspect - a 39-year-old man - who was supposed to appear in the East London Magistrates Court on 17 November 2023, was found dead in the holding cells.

The Hawks said no foul play is suspected as it is confirmed that he died of heart attack, the day he supposed to appear in court. Police watchdog, IPID, took over the case.

The case against the first suspect, 38-year-old Zukisa Tshabile, has been postponed for further investigation, to 15 February 2024. Tshabile decided to abandon his bail application.

 

Done By: Mitchum George

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