OUTSTANDING officer retires

2016-07-27 06:00
Photos: Tania Sandberg With Warrant Officer Khulekane Zungu’s (far right) are his brother Desmond, his wife Sindisiwe Zungu and his mother Gretha Zungu.

Photos: Tania Sandberg With Warrant Officer Khulekane Zungu’s (far right) are his brother Desmond, his wife Sindisiwe Zungu and his mother Gretha Zungu.

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AFTER serving the Amanzimtoti community for 35 years, Warrant Officer Khulekane Dennis Zungu recently retired with an exemplary record of service.

Asked about his best memory in service, Zungu said: “To receive good convictions for my cases.”
Zungu lives for justice, making sure criminals get behind bars and remain there for as long as possible.
His most memorable case was capturing the murderers of a Catholic priest in Toti.
In only two weeks, Zungu managed to line up the four suspects, and all were sentenced to life imprisonment.

“The retirement of Warrant Office Zungu is a great loss to the Amanzimtoti Detective Unit and the Toti community as a whole,” Lieutenant-Colonel, Michael Jali said.

Jali attributed Zungu’s success to being highly experienced and serving in the same area for such a lengthy period.
“Warrant Officer Zungu is extremely well-mannered. His behaviour has always been highly commendable to everybody, the public, his co-workers and myself. Never did I have to intervene to resolve any conflict situation,” he said.

Asked about Zungu’s work, Lieutentant-Colonel Jali recalled a case in Mfume where Saps discovered a buried skull.
“Warrant Officer Zungu solved the case in one day. This is unheard of. This incident happened in 2006/2007 when I just joined Toti and it has had a lasting impact on me.”

“Warrant Officer Zungu specialised in housebreaking and house robbery cases in the Amanzimtoti area. He displayed an excellent investigation process, which yielded many noteworthy successes. He was like a blood hound and would not give up,” said his colleague of 22 years, Captain Vanessa Ashburner.

Crime victim Thandi Mgadi attended the celebration organised in honour of Zungu and said she is thankful to him.
“In February 2013, I reported a house robbery and rape. Warrant Officer Zungu arrested the five perpetrators in 2016 and all five were found guilty and convicted for both charges and each accused sentenced to serve 28 years direct imprisonment.
“It is with thanks to officer Zungu that I am able to live my life. His retirement is a big loss for the community,” she said.

Zungu will be retiring to his family farm in northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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