Durban – A man who let off a volley of bullets at the memorial service of notorious Umlazi gang boss, Sandile “Chillies” Bhengu on Wednesday was arrested by police who later linked him to a number of cash-in-transit heists and robberies in KwaZulu-Natal.
Police said the 43-year-old man was arrested outside Umlazi “L” Community Hall where hundreds of people had gathered for a memorial service for Bhengu who was shot dead by police last week while attempting to steal a car.
He was charged for unlawful discharge of a firearm, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.
His arrest comes as police beefed up their presence in the south Durban township following social media posts that gang members were gearing to hijack cars and attack police ahead of Bhengu’s funeral this weekend.
“The deployment follows after messages on social media that criminals were encouraged to hijack vehicles and attack police due to the recent killing of a gang leader in Umlazi,” police spokesperson, Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said.
“Police officers are aware of these threats and have taken extra precautions and necessary steps to prevent such incidents from occurring.