Cop shot dead in Imbali

2010-05-15 00:00

A SENIOR city policeman was gunned down as he walked across an open field in Imbali on Thursday night.

The body of Warrant Officer Bheki Mntambo (55) was found with a bullet wound in the chest yesterday morning, about 12 hours after local residents heard gunshots.

Mntambo, who was a member of the crime combating unit in Oribi, is believed to have been killed and robbed of his service firearm and cellphone at about 7 pm on Thursday.

His blood-soaked body was found in an overgrown area above Willowfountain quarry in Imbali’s Unit 18 at about 9 am. He lived in Unit 18 and at Imbali Lodge.

Police spokesperson Warrant Officer Joey Jeevan said police investigations showed Mntambo was killed while on his way from Imbali Lodge.

“So far we have found only one bullet wound in his chest. But we found four spent cartridges at the scene. We might find more bullet wounds, because he was full of blood’’, said Jeevan.

Mzwenkosi Zimu of Unit 18 said, “I was sitting here [drinking in a local shebeen] at about 9 am when a man came to tell us that he had found a body. We called police before we rushed to the scene.

“I was shocked to see that it was a body of this respected family man. He was lying on his back,” said Zimu.

A local resident said he heard about six gunshots from the spot where the body was found at about 7 pm on Thursday.

A resident of KwaMachibisa, Phumlani Dladla, who works as a bricklayer in Unit 18, said he was shocked to see police picking up the body on the path, which he had used earlier in the morning.

“I walked past the scene where the body was found, but I did not see it,” said Dladla.

Mntambo’s elder daughter, Nonhlanhla Ntimbane (33), who lives in Chase Valley, received a call from one of her parents’ neighours in Unit 18 at about 9 am, informing her of her father’s death.

“I had called my mother just to find if they were fine at about 8 am. Then an hour later I received a call that my father’s body had been found,” said Ntimbane.

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