In the early hours of 24 March 2019 at 03.00, a driver who was identified as Vederin Moodley (36) and his passenger were driving their vehicle along Durban Road at Greytown area. While they were at a robot waiting for it to turn green, they were approached by two armed suspects who allegedly pointed them with firearms and jumped into their vehicle. They forced the driver to drive towards Nhlalakahle location, while they were driving, the passenger managed to jump out of the moving vehicle. He was shot at but survived and went to seek assistance. The suspects forced the driver to stop at Greytown Men’s Hostel where they allegedly shot and killed him. The suspects drove away in his vehicle after taking his cellphones and other items. A case of murder, attempted murder and hijacking was opened at Greytown police station and a manhunt was conducted.
On the same day at 11.30, Msinga police officers who were conducting their crime prevention duties in their rural Ophathe area, followed up information about wanted suspects for murder and hijacking which occurred at Greytown area. The members identified the house and while approaching it, it is alleged that the suspects started to shoot towards the police. The police returned fire, fatally wounding one suspect who was identified as Mtshengiseni Chonco (25). The second suspect (35) was arrested and was charged for attempted murder, possession of property suspected to be stolen, possession of unlicensed firearm and ammunition at Msinga. The police found two unlicensed pistols and ammunition, cellphones as well as credit cards suspected to be taken during the hijacking at Greytown. Recovered firearms will be sent for ballistic tests to establish if they were used in any other crimes in the province. The arrested suspect will appear today in the Msinga Magistrate’s Court and he has been linked to Greytown murder, attempted murder and hijacking charges.