Four held in raids for killing of state witness in his New Brighton home

YANDILE MBAZA  Picture: Supplied
Picture: Supplied

Four people believed to be behind a witness killing in Port Elizabeth 12 days ago have been arrested.

Yandile Mbaza, 43, was gunned down in the lounge of his New Brighton house while eating supper on March 5.

He was the key state witness in a hijacking case and police suspect the motive for the murder was to get the case thrown out of court.

Police raided several houses in Zwide at 4am yesterday and arrested three men, aged 17, 24 and 25, and a woman, aged 23.

Mbaza was the victim of a hijacking in November and the case was due to be heard in the New Brighton Magistrate’s Court next month.

Mbaza had been confronted by a group of unidentified men a week before his murder and warned to withdraw the case.

Police spokesman Captain Andre Beetge said the four had been linked to the murder and would be charged in court in due time.

“At this stage, we are trying to determine if they are directly linked to the hijacking.”

Mbaza was confronted in the driveway of his house in Dingaan Street on November 1 by a group of people who stole his VW Jetta.

Another state witness, Lutando Grootboom, 46, a barman at Zwide’s Kwaito Tavern, was shot dead outside the tavern at about 8pm on Wednesday last week.

“These cases [Mbaza and Grootboom] are not believed to be linked,” Beetge said.

“The only similarity is that they were both state witnesses.”

Grootboom was the key witness in an armed robbery at the tavern.

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