Greytown cop shot on Christmas Day after confrontation by gunman

2014-12-30 00:00

GREYTOWN is mourning the death of a police officer who was shot on ­Christmas Day while on duty.

Constable Simiso Zondi (28) was on duty in the Ematimatolo area at around 9 pm on Christmas Day when he responded to a report of gunfire nearby.

En route to the scene, he was stopped by a man who confronted him about the fact that he had previously arrested his wife for being in illegal possession of ­ammunition.

After a lengthy argument, a gun battle broke out.

The suspect allegedly drew a gun and fired at Zondi.

Both men were injured and rushed to a nearby hospital, but Zondi succumbed to his injuries a short while later.

The suspect was arrested and remains under police guard at the hospital.

KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni and Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu both strongly ­condemned the killing of another police officer in the province.

“It is disheartening to be continuously burying our law enforcement officers who are killed for doing their job.

“I am even more shocked that the ­suspect in this case confronted the police officer and shot him on Christmas Day because he had arrested the man’s wife,” Ngobeni said.

— Witness Reporter.

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