Cop commits suicide after blaming himself for police van accident

2014-03-07 00:00

officer was so riddled with guilt after he rolled a police car, that he got out of the vehicle, pulled out his service pistol and shot himself.

Constable Sandile Zondi from Dalton blamed himself for the accident and took his life in front of his colleague on Wednesday night.

His brother, Sizwe Zondi, told The Witness that his brother loved his job more than anything.

“He started working for the police in 2009. He was an energetic man who enjoyed his job. He was a very good and kind person who wanted a better life for his family. He had dreams of being a better cop,” said Sizwe.

He said they lost a valuable member of their family who supported his two children and his mother.

“He enjoyed being a policeman and would tell us about his job if they made arrests,” said Sizwe.

Police spokesperson Captain Thulani Zwane said the accident occurred along the Tongaat main road in Harburg.

Police found the official Toyota Double Cab bakkie rolled onto its roof on the side of the road. Zondi lay dead next to the vehicle. He had been on duty at the time.

Zondi was stationed at the Dalton police station. He had sustained a gunshot wound to his head and his official firearm was found next to him.

“It is alleged that he lost control of the vehicle and it rolled numerous times.”

He said Zondi got out of the car, blaming himself for the accident, and shot himself with a service pistol in front of his colleague.

Police are investigating an inquest docket, and a case of reckless and negligent driving.

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