Durban: harbour policeman shot dead in driveway of his home

2011-01-18 00:00

DURBAN — A policeman who recently helped to set a trap for a syndicate that imported fake branded goods into Durban Harbour was shot in the driveway of his home yesterday morning.

Warrant Officer Johan Nortjé (51), of the harbour safety unit in the Durban harbour, was shot in the chest and stomach at about 7 am as he was leaving for work, said police spokeperson Captain Thulani Zwane.

Nortjé died on the scene after his attackers shot him with a pistol in the Woodlands suburb.

Brigadier Phindile Radebe, communications head of the SA Police Force in KwaZulu-Natal, confirmed that Nortjé recently helped to set a trap for the owners of several suspicious shipping containers that arrived in the harbour.

However, she, did not want to speculate about a possible link between the trap and the attack on Nortjé.

“The investigating officers are looking at all the possibilities,” she said.

Less than a week ago, the Hawks confiscated and destroyed consignement of branded clothing and shoes with a retail value of more than R120 million.

The goods arrived in five six-metre containers that were loaded in China and off loaded in Durban. At the time officials found the paperwork suspicious.

The fake goods imitated top branded names and the haul represented the biggest find yet of fake goods.

Information about Nortjé’s surviving relatives was not immediately available.

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