Security had to be beefed up in Umlazi and surrounds this week, ahead of infamous gang leader Sandile “Chillies” Bhengu’s funeral.
Bhengu was killed in a shootout with police, allegedly after being caught removing a tracker from a stolen vehicle in Umlazi.
A memorial service was held for Bhengu in Umlazi on Wednesday, where hundreds gathered to pay their respects.
Among them, were members of Bhengu’s family and of a bikers’ club he joined last year.
Police reported no incidents yesterday but spokesperson Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said messages indicating that criminals were gearing up to hijack the vehicles and attack police officials, were circulating on social media.
Bhengu’s friend, Mbuso Mazibuko, told the Mercury’s sister newspaper Isolezwe,
“We want an investigation into the manner he was killed. He was not fighting the police and posed no threat to them as he never carried a gun,” said Mazibuko.