Durban policeman shot in driveway of his home

2010-05-28 00:00

ANOTHER senior police officer has been gunned down in KwaZulu-Natal in the space of two weeks.

Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Pillay (50) was shot dead in the driveway of his home in Isipingo, Durban south, on Wednesday night.

His wife Roseann was present when the shooting happened.

Pillay’s murder follows that of Warrant Officer Bheki Mntambo, whose body was found in an open field in Imbali Unit 18 on May 14.

Six police officers have been killed in the province since the beginning of April.

A spokesperson for the family, Dr Vernon Pillay, who is a minister, said the couple had just arrived at their home in Lotus Park Road when Pillay was shot.

“For now the details of the shooting are still sketchy. But he was shot four times by a man who had been standing next to his house’s driveway,” said Dr Pillay.

Dr Pillay said Pillay and his wife were returning from shopping.

He described Pillay as a well known person in the Isipingo community.

“He was a man of integrity. He assisted the community with many things …” said Dr Pillay.

On hearing of Pillay’s murder, General Bheki Cele visited his home yesterday afternoon.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said Pillay had just finished talking to his neighbour when he was attacked.

“When he turned around he was shot in the head, twice in the chest and once in the neck.”

He said Pillay worked for a unit that deals with police disciplinary cases.

Pillay was the former commander of KwaMakhutha police station. He had also worked for the detective unit in Isipingo.

He was shot while his wife was waiting for him in the car, said Mdunge.

“Police have opened a murder case,” said Mdunge.

“The motive for the killing at this stage is not known.”


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