- Five individuals have been arrested by the police who believe that they are linked to the murder of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu
- The suspects include four women and one man, the police found items belonging to the late prince at their residences
- Earlier this month King Goodwill Zwelithini entered a period of mourning following the news of his son, the heir to the throne's, death
On Friday evening, five suspects were arrested for their suspected involvement in the murder of 50-year-old Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, the son of King Goodwill Zwelithini.
The suspects include four women and one man.
“This comes as a result of the meticulous investigation and hard work by the Provincial Investigating team who, since the reporting of the incident at Honeydew SAPS about two weeks ago, was able to piece together bits and pieces of information that saw the initial inquest docket being changed to a murder case."
“Critical evidence that could easily have been overlooked, was effectively lifted from the crime scene by the SAPS forensic science experts. The processed evidence assisted the investigating team in establishing a possible linkage of the suspects to the crime,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Mathapelo Peters.
When police searched the residence of the suspects they found a number of stolen items which belonged to Prince Lethukuthula. One of the suspects was in the possession of unknown substances which were confiscated for further investigation.
The king had gone into mourning earlier this month when news broke of Prince Lethukuthula's death, he was the heir to the Zulu throne, the eldest son of Queen Sibongile MaDlamini and King Goodwill Zwelithini.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that King Goodwill Zwelithini's son's death over the weekend has been dubbed a murder by Gauteng police officials. Prince Lethukuthula Zulu was found by security staff at his Graceland One residential complex in Northworld.
In a statement issued on the high-profile investigation, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters commented:
“The inquest docket opened at Honeydew police station on November 6 to further investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu at the Graceland One residential complex in Northworld has been converted to a murder case, based on preliminary evidence emerging from the initial investigation."