On Monday, 9 June 2014 at 02:25 members of the Flying Squad were patrolling in KwaMashu when they responded to a call by another police vehicle of a vehicle chase involving a car with no registration plates. They spotted the said vehicle passing at a high speed and a chase ensued.
There were three occupants inside the vehicle and when the suspects spotted the police giving chase they opened fire at police. Police returned fire whilst continuing to chase the suspects. Eventually the suspects lost control of the vehicle and collided into a house at the corner of Dakwakusutha and Ndlondlo Road. The suspects fled on foot whilst continuing to shoot at police. After the gun battle one of suspects was found with gunshot wounds and certified dead by paramedics on the scene.
An unlicensed 9mm pistol with its serial numbers filed off was found next to the dead suspect. After searching the suspect’s vehicle police recovered a further two magazines with ammunition. The other two suspects managed to escape during the shootout. The dead suspect who was later identified as Sihle Boy Jali (30) is linked to a case of attempted murder and rape reported in Ntuzuma as well as house robbery case reported in Newlands East. The suspect’s fingerprints were taken and we are convinced that he would be linked to more cases in the province. Charges of inquest, attempted murder and possession of unlicensed firearms have been opened for investigation by KwaMashu SAPS.
“I am grateful that our police officers were able to defend themselves when they came under fire,” said the Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni. She further commended the members for the manner in which they bravely took on these criminals despite coming under fire.