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Three teenagers were allegedly shot dead by unknown people in Port St Johns. Image: Pexels.

Four wanted suspects killed during shootout with police in Umlazi

Four suspects who were wanted for various crimes in Umlazi were shot dead during a shootout with police in Umlazi.

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Three teenagers were allegedly shot dead by unknown people in Port St Johns. Image: Pexels.

Four people were shot dead as Umlazi police intercepted suspects who were wanted for murder, armed robbery and house breakings that occurred in the township. 

Umlazi Detectives and Durban Public Order Police reportedly received intelligence about the suspects and police proceeded to a house at G Section in Umlazi, where the suspects were said to be hiding.


KZN SAPS spokesperson, Constable Thenjiwe Ngcobo said on arrival the members surrounded the premises, announced that there were police outside and requested that the door to the house be opened.

Ngcobo said instead of opening the door the suspects started shooting towards the police officers. 

“A shootout ensued and four suspects aged between 25 and 30 were wounded. They were all declared dead on the scene.

“Police recovered two pistols and nine rounds of ammunition inside the house. Police at Umlazi police station are investigating cases of attempted murder as well as unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition against the men.”

Thenjiswa Ngcobo


In a separate incident, a teenager was sentenced to 68 years imprisonment by the Blue Downs Magistrate Court in Cape Town on Tuesday, 20 September. The 17-year-old shot and killed two people last year and wounded more – the second murder occurred while he was out on bail.

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Ndakhe Gwala said Keanu May, the accused, who was 16 at the time, went to Petrus Street in Kraaifontein in February 2021 and found his unsuspecting victim.

May opened fire and killed the victim who was standing in his yard with his friends. The teenager was later arrested and released on bail.

“In July 2021, whilst on bail, the accused spotted a rival gang member in the street and immediately pulled out a firearm and fired several shots, fatally wounding him,” said Gwala.

May shooting spree was far from over. He reportedly spun around and shot a nine-year-old girl in the neck, an adult woman in the knee and fired at another person but missed. He was arrested after this incident and the Anti-Gang Unit took over both his cases. Read full story here

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