Police seek Khulekani Nkosi for murder of Mkhuhlu principal

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Police seek Khulekani Nkosi for murder of Mkhuhlu principal
MOST WANTED: Vryheid born Khulekani Nkosi is wanted by the police for the murder of a school principal in Mbombela. PICTURE BY SAPS

The principal was burnt beyond recognition.


The police are asking the public to help them find Khulekani Nkosi, accused of murdering Mkhuhlu High School principal Johannes Makgoba.

Anybody who sees Nkosi can drop the cops an anonymous tip-off on 082 936 0179.

The 41-year-old Khulekani Nkosi is from Vryheid in KZN…

He has been sought since early 2018, following Makgoba’s gruesome murder in February 2018.

Police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi said Makgoba’s burnt body was spotted by a herdman near some bushes in Hazyview on 18 February 2020.

Hlathi described Makgoba’s body as ” badly charred human remains” adding that the herdsman reported the matter to cops in the Calcutta area of Bushbuckridge.

His family had reported him missing two days earlier and when DNA tests were done on the body it was found to be him.

“We received information as police that the suspect, Khulekani Nkosi was spotted driving the deceased’s car and was with another suspect, Evans Malele,” Hlathi said.

Police seek Khulekani Nkosi for murder of Mkhuhlu principal
Wanted murder suspect Khulekani Nkosi from Vryheid. PIC: SAPS

Nkosi and Makgoba had been living in the same rented premise in the Mkhuhlu area…

“The investigators persistently worked on the case, vigorously searched for him and eventually obtained information which led them to KZN. When police arrived, they enquired about Nkosi’s whereabouts and were told he was seen driving around in an unknown vehicle which he claimed was his,” said Hlathi. 

“Police then spotted the vehicle, followed it and upon noticing they were being followed, Nkosi who was driving with Malele stopped the vehicle and fled on foot. 

“The search for the two continued and they were traced, with information revealing that they had fled to Gauteng preparing to travel back to Mpumalanga. Police in Gauteng were activated and spotted the two hitchhiking around Springs and approached them. 

“Nkosi managed to escape but Malele was swiftly arrested and he has since been sentenced to 20 years in jail by the Mbombela High Court,” Hlathi added. 

Mpumalanga police boss Lieutenant-General Mondli Zuma urged communities to help locate the remaining suspect. 

“We will relentlessly hunt Nkosi until we find him and make sure that he is brought to justice,” Zuma said.

“The community should also help us and I urge anyone who might have information regarding these suspects to help us,“ he said.

• Call police 082 936 0179

• Call police 08600 10111

Information can be given anonymously.

(edited by ZK)

Send tip-offs to [email protected]