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Two Mpumalanga princes shot dead in separate incidents

Mpumalanga’s SAPS Commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has urged community members to help trace the killers of the two princes

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The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Mpumalanga has launched a manhunt for perpetrators behind the murders of two princes, in separate incidents.

According to SAPS Provincial spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi, the first murder was that of Prince Zwelithini Dlamini. It is alleged that an unknown man stormed Dlamini’s home in Matsulu near Nelspruit on 04 January 2021 and shot him dead.

“The victim was eating food with his two friends when this callous incident happened,” Hlathi further said.

“The heartless assailant after entering the house, did not utter a word but opened fire aimed at Dlamini killing him instantly”

This prompted the 47-year-old prince’s friends to run for cover. They managed to escape unharmed from the gunman.

Police are appealing to anyone with information that may assist in the investigation to contact Captain Elvis Shabangu on 0824490339.

Just days after the incident, another royal family member was gunned down. Prince Andries Mbangelwa Mahlangu was shot and killed while sitting in his vehicle on Saturday, 9 January 2021. It was Mahlangu’s son who made the discovery, having told police that he heard gunshots at around 08:15 and went out to investigate.

He then saw two men running out of the yard where his father had parked his vehicle.

“When he approached the vehicle, he realised that his father was leaning with his chest against the steering wheel unconscious,” Hlathi added.

“He further discovered that the victim was shot, the son immediately summoned police who mobilised all role players including medical personnel. Mahlangu was certified dead on the scene”

SAPS Provincial spokesperson Brigadier Leonard Hlathi

Murder suspects to be brought to book

People who may have information on the case have been urged to contact Lieutenant Colonel April Aphane on 0823026621.

Mpumalanga’s SAPS Commissioner Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma has strongly condemned the killings and has also called on the community to work with police during the investigations into the killings.

In November 2020, Prince Lethukuthula Zulu was found dead by security guards at his home in Johannesburg. Zulu was the 50-year-old eldest son of King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Tshefogatso Moremane, 30, Margaret Koaile, 42, Portia Mmola, 28, Gontse Tlhoele, 30, and Dakalo Mbedzi, 32, are accused of being involved in the murder. The accused are alleged to be part of a syndicate which drugs people before robbing them.