PRETORIA – Five suspects – four women aged 27 to 42 as well as a 32-year-old man – have been arrested in Pretoria for the murder of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, 50, who was killed in Gauteng earlier this month.
South African Police Service (SAPS) Gauteng spokesman Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said the five suspects were arrested on Friday evening.
“This [arrest] is the result of a meticulous investigation and hard work by the Provincial Investigation Team who, since reporting the incident to Honeydew SAPS about two weeks ago, has been able to put together evidence of ‘information who saw the murder case,’ said Peters.
“Critical evidence that could easily have been overlooked was effectively extracted from the crime scene by SAPS forensic scientists. The processed evidence helped the investigative team establish a possible link between the suspects and the crime. “
The prince was the eldest son of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and Queen Sibongile MaDlamini. He was found dead at his Northwold home in Johannesburg. Prince Lethukuthula was next to the Zulu throne.
Peters said the suspects were in possession of several items stolen from the murdered prince.
“During the arrest, one of the suspects was found in possession of various substances and these were seized for further investigation into the possibility that the deceased and his business partner were drugged before the cash and other valuables are not stolen from them. Several suspected stolen items were seized from the residences of the suspects. “
She said the investigation was continuing, as police hoped to uncover more evidence to build “a strong case that can stand in court.”
“The investigation could also help determine whether the suspects may have committed previous similar crimes where victims were drugged and robbed. At this point, the suspects face a charge of murder and theft, ”said Peters.
“The suspects are scheduled to appear in Randburg Magistrates’ Court on Monday, November 23, 2020.”
Police first opened an investigation file when his body was found by security guards at his home in the Graceland residential complex in Northwold.
Lethukuthula’s partner friend was apparently found sleeping in another room in the house when the guards discovered the murder.
– African News Agency (ANA), edited by Jacques Keet