Ziyaad Haywood managed to escape capture for two years, but his luck ran out following an impromptu police visit to his parents’ house last month. An anonymous tip-off led Cape Town cops back to his parents’ house.
The 34-year-old Lotus River local was placed on the Western Province’s top 10 most wanted list in 2016, after he allegedly shot and killed a security guard, Herman Hendricks, at China Town in Ottery.
As reported by the Daily Voice, Haywood was discovered hiding in his parents’ home following an anonymous tip-off to investigating officers. Stranger still is the role Haywood’s parents played in harbouring their fugitive son.
Hiding in secret closet
Haywood’s parents’ home in Tsessebe Way, Lotus River, had been searched many times in the past, as investigators believed they may uncover evidence as to his whereabouts by inspecting his last known address.
Yet, each search over the course of almost two years proved fruitless. That is until an eagle-eyed officer noticed something strange on a visit to the residence last month.
A confidential source close to law enforcement spoke to the Daily Voice regarding Haywood’s hideout:
“On 7 July we went in there and searched again at about 8am. In their bedroom is a big cupboard and usually there is a cupboard door that you can open and walk into an en suite bathroom but on this day it was all closed up.”
According to the informant, Haywood’s father, Moegsien began to act suspiciously when questioned about living arrangements.
Parents arrested for harbouring a fugitive
Sensing that something wasn’t quite right, investigators probed the matter further:
“His father was behaving suspiciously and so we removed a whole part of the cupboard. There was a secret panel and everything. When we got inside, we found Ziyaad and arrested him and his parents.”
Haywood’s parents, Moegsien and Julega, were promptly placed under arrest for harbouring a wanted fugitive.
Captain FC van Wyk, the provincial police spokesperson, confirmed Haywood’s arrest, adding that he was also wanted for involvement in other crimes including hijackings, armed robberies and possession of illegal firearms.
Haywood’s parents have been released on R2000 bail, while the suspected killer remains in custody in Pollsmoor Prison. His first appearance in Wynberg Magistrate’s Court will be on 7 September.