Other KZN cop killings being investigated

2011-02-19 00:00

A taxi boss from kwaMaphumulo, Bongani Mkhize, was killed in a hail of bullets in Durban’s Umgeni Road in February 2009 by a heavily armed contingent from the National Intervention Unit — the SAPF’s premier “Swat” team — despite the fact that Mkhize had secured a high court interdict forbidding the police from killing him — a national first. Mkhize approached the court after six other taxi men were killed by police investigating the murder of one of their colleagues, Superintendent Zethembe Chonco.


nKobus de Vries, a farmer from Babanango in KwaZulu-Natal, was allegedly shot by 40 heavily-armed police officers, including tactical response sharpshooters, on his farm in January this year. According to his brother Thinus, who was interviewed after the killing, De Vries was shot in his arm and neck after he had allegedly crashed into an Eskom vehicle and another car and fled the scene of the accident. The police claim he was shot when he fired at the police and Tactical Response Team members after a lengthy standoff at his farmhouse.


nA 33-year-old gospel singer, Sifiso Mzulwini, of the Ithemba Gospel Music Group was killed near Durban on November 18, 2010, by police who were looking for him for allegedly being involved in a spate of house burglaries and armed robberies in Isipingo.


Four people suspected of hijacking a taxi in November last year were shot and killed near Inanda Dam by the Organised Crime Unit, Inanda Tactical Response Team and dog unit members. According to accounts, the four men were hiding in a house when the police started shooting at them.


An unknown man was shot and fatally wounded in Umlazi in August last year for allegedly hijacking a car in Montclair with a toy gun. The ICD is still investigating this case.

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