PRETORIA – Five suspects – four women aged 27 to 42 and a 32-year-old man – were arrested in Pretoria for the murder of 50-year-old Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, who was killed in Gauteng earlier this month.
Brigadier General Mathapelo Peters, spokesperson for the South African Police Service (SAPS) Gauteng, said the five suspects were arrested Friday night.
“It [arrest] It came as a result of the meticulous investigation and hard work of the provincial investigative team who were able to piece together the pieces of information that saw the initial investigation document changed as follows, since the incident was reported at Honeydew SAPS about two weeks ago. a murder case, ”Peters said.
“Critical evidence that could be easily overlooked was effectively removed from the scene by SAPS forensic experts. The processed evidence helped the investigation team establish a possible link of the suspects to the crime. “
The prince was the eldest son of the Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and Queen Sibongile MaDlamini. He was found dead at his home in Northwold in Johannesburg. Prince Lethukuthula was beside the Zulu throne.
Peters said the suspects had many property stolen from the murdered prince.
During the arrest, one of the suspects was found carrying different substances, and they were seized for further investigation into the possibility that the deceased’s and his business partner’s cash and other valuables had been drugged before being stolen. Several suspected stolen items were found in the residences of the suspects. “
Police said the investigation was ongoing as they hoped to uncover more evidence to create “a solid case that can stand in court”.
“The investigation can also help determine whether the suspects have committed similar previous crimes in which the victims were drugged and robbed. At this point, the suspects face charges of murder and theft, ”he said.
“The suspects are expected to appear before the Randburg Magistrate’s Court on Monday, November 23, 2020.”
The police initially opened an investigation ledger when his body was found by security guards at his home in the Graceland residential complex in Northwold.
Lethukuthula’s colleague friend was found sleeping in another bedroom of the house when the guards discovered the murder.
– African News Agency (ANA), editing by Jacques Keet