Pinetown policeman shot

2011-05-07 00:00

A DURBAN police captain was shot and killed while reversing out of his driveway yesterday morning in what is believed to be robbery.

Captain Mervin Reddy (39) worked for Pinetown crime intelligence. He was leaving his Newlands West house when he was shot three times at about 6.30 am yesterday.

It is alleged that a man approached him and fired shots, then stole his cellphone and firearm.

The divorced father of a nine-year-old son, Reddy, was dead on arrival at hospital. He had been a policeman for more than 18 years.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Sally de Beer said the murder of Reddy brings the number of police officers killed in KZN this year to nine and nationally to 27.

“Last year there were 25 killed in KwaZulu-Natal out of 101 killed nationally. All these officers were killed using a firearm,” she said.

No one has been arrested.

Reddy was killed nine days after Constable Thando Nonhlanhla Zwane (24) of the Durban Port Security Service and her fiancé Sibahle Blessing Buthelezi, who worked as a data typist at Greenwood Park police station, were shot and killed in Durban. Buthelezi’s relative has since been arrested.

Police Commissioner Bheki Cele condemned the murder. He said yesterday a major fuss is made when someone dies as a result of police action, but the deaths of many police officers passes virtually unnoticed. The SA Police Force is losing about four to five officers a month, mainly at the hands of criminals.

“It is a crisis [but] you don’t see that anywhere.” Despite police officers being “brutally” killed by criminals, it does not make the news in the same way as “police brutality” does, Cele added.

 

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.