Knysna Mawande Kondlo

Mawande Kondlo was found murdered in January 2022. Photo: Facebook/Mawande Kondlo

Knysna detectives make arrest months after popular businessman was murdered

Knysna businessman, Mawande Kondlo, was killed in January. A 32-year-old suspect was arrested on Thursday.

Knysna Mawande Kondlo

Mawande Kondlo was found murdered in January 2022. Photo: Facebook/Mawande Kondlo

A 32-year-old suspect was arrested in connection with the alleged murder of late Knysna businessman, Mawande Kondlo, on Thursday, 25 August. The arrest came after an “extensive and intricate” investigation by local detectives, Garden Route District Crime Intelligence and a private security company that specialises in monitoring CCTV cameras in the area.


Southern Cape South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson, Captain Malcolm Pojie, said the arrest occurred on Thursday but offered little insight into the nature of the investigation and how the CCTV-monitoring company helped lead police to the suspect.

“Initially we reported that Knysna Detectives investigate the death of a 46-year-old man after his body was found next to the gravel road between the trees near the turnoff from Uniondale Road (R3339), also known as ‘Bokkoppie’, on Monday, 17 January 2022 at about 18:50,” said Pojie.

The police’s initial investigation found that an off-duty police officer discovered Kondlo’s body – his hands and legs were tied with a cloth and later it was found that he had a wound to the head. Paramedics arrived and declared him dead at the scene.

After crime scene experts combed the scene for clues, a murder investigation was opened. The 32-year-old suspect is expected to make his first appearance in the Knysna Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 26 August.

According to the Knysna-Plett Herald, Kondlo was an influential figure in the area and his death was felt by many. He led a successful local tourism company, Wandu Tours and Stays, which was favoured by tourists.

“He inspired so many small businesses, in particular black-owned businesses. He proved that it can be done, he was an example and a shining light for them,” said Visit Knysna Tourism information officer, Thozeka Sikali, to the local publication.