Murdered priest’s kin seek community help

2013-06-28 00:00

A WELL-KNOWN uMlazi priest’s family has called on the community to work closely with police in fighting crime after he was murdered this week.

The Reverend Agrippa Mtolo (69) of the Apostolic Faith Mission in uMlazi was shot dead on Tuesday while returning from a prayer service.

His brother Patrick said he was walking home when he was approached by a group of unknown people who shot him and made off with his wallet.

“They left him with his Bible and cellphone. He was heard crying for help by the neighbour. He was shot twice,” said Mtolo.

He said his brother had previously been attacked twice at his home.

Mtolo said they would like members of the public to work with police to bring the criminals to book.

Mtolo is the second man of the cloth to be killed in weeks, following the brutal killing of the Reverend Agrippa Cibane of the African Gospel at Illovo, south of Durban.

Cibane was shot and killed on Sunday, June 16, in C section at Illovo, moments before he convened his Sunday service.

Community Safety MEC Willies Mchunu said the murder of men of the cloth was barbaric and reflected the worst decline of morals.

“I am baffled by this act and I wonder what has happened to our moral values. This murder should be condemned in the strongest possible terms. But I am convinced that our police will work around the clock to hunt the killers and bring them to book,” said Mchunu, urging anyone with information that may lead to the arrest of the killers of Mtolo to contact the police.

Mchunu also extended his condolences to the family of Mtolo and members of his church.

Mtolo’s funeral service will be at the Apostolic Faith Mission church in uMlazi H section at 9 am on Saturday. Police confirmed the murders of Mtolo and Cibane.

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