Slain Zondi wanted to help track heist gang

2014-01-31 00:00

LITTLE did Prince Thamsanqa Zondi, a police sergeant, realise that his call to colleagues to fetch him, so he could help them track down a killer gang, would result in his death.

Zondi’s brave offer to help his fellow officers came during a cash heist in Richmond on Monday, which resulted in six deaths.

Speaking during a memorial service for his long-time partner in Richmond yesterday, Sergeant Zamani Ngcobo said Zondi had been feeling down the whole day on Monday.

He had not intended leaving the station because he had been involved in a shoot-out with robbers in Himeville on January 16, in which one suspect died.

“We were in an open field and had nowhere to hide. The suspects were about 25 metres away from us and I thank God that we were able to shoot one of them before they retreated,” he said.

“But when Zondi heard that his colleagues were chasing robbers who had robbed Capitec Bank, he ran to the bank and when he realised that they had already left, he phoned them to assist them for back-up,” he said.

Ngcobo said the police had already driven about a kilometre in pursuit of the robbers, but had turned back to fetch Zondi.

“That is why I say when God calls you, there is nothing anybody can do to stop him, because Thami should not have been there in the first place,” he said.

Zondi is the son of the prominent Inkosi Nsikayezwe Zondi, former uMgungudlovu chairperson of the House of Traditional Leaders.

The service was held at a packed Antioch Assembly hall. The Zondi royal family, members of police and community members gathered in numbers to bid farewell to one of Richmond’s respected policemen.

KZN Popcru treasurer Nthabiseng Molefe advised police to “shoot to kill” when faced with danger because if they did not, they would be killed.

Zondi’s best friend, Phendulani Ndlovu, described Zondi as a friendly, honest and respectful person who did not flaunt the fact that he was from the royal family.

“Thami always told me that he could be killed any time because his job was very risky, especially being stationed in Richmond,” he said.

Zondi’s fiancée, Te Ndlovu, wept throughout the service with her sister, Thandeka Phoswa, trying to console her.

Zondi’s funeral will be held at the Mpumuza Royal House tomorrow, starting at 9 am.

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