Exceptional detective laid to rest

2016-07-20 06:00

IT is with much regret and sadness that we learnt of the death of Detective Nanda Mottai, an astute and exceptional gentlemen.

Many senior police officers at the funeral paid tribute to this gifted detective. Mourners at the funeral service were informed of his exceptional ability to bring an accused before court and lead evidence and support his or her conviction and incarceration.

Mottai was a top detective at SAPS Mountain Rise for more than 30 years, who single handedly solved several heinous crime cases over the years, which were passed to him for investigation.

Sadly, the detective retired and was not around to ensure Shirien Dewani, Oscar Pistorious and the murderer of Senzo Mnyeni were safely behind bars.

Pietermaritzburg has lost a top detective with an amazing ability to solve cases, but not just that, he obtained successful convictions for all his cases. He received many commendations from Supreme Court judges, which was a rare achievement in those days for a non-white police officer.

To my knowledge the only other non-white officers to receive such accolades were Major Pipes Haffajee, Captains Holby, Sizwe “Tall” Makhatini, Madurai and the late detective Dan Njilo.

Mottai is one of the rarest and best detectives I have come across during my career in the SAPS. Pietermaritzburg has suffered a great loss.

He will be sadly missed by his erstwhile colleagues, children and all who came into contact with him over the years. May his soul rest in peace.

Logan Govender via email

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