Residents shocked as wanted man is gunned down

2013-05-17 00:00

GREYTOWN residents watched in horror on Tuesday as a vagrant wanted for threatening a former employer was shot dead by police in the town.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Vincent Mdunge, 45-year-old Gico Zondi was wanted for pointing a firearm.

He allegedly shot at officers arresting him. The officers returned fire and Zondi was shot and killed.

Greytown residents were still stunned yesterday after watching the exchange of gunfire the day before.

Desiree Moodley said she pulled her children into the house as the shots rang out.

“I was so shocked, I couldn’t believe it. I only thought of the children playing outside. It happened so quickly. There were many police there,” she said.

Zondi’s employer, Nara-Ann Burger of Indoor Greenery, said he had worked for her on a seasonal basis for the past seven years.

“I didn’t want this to happen to him. It’s sad that he died like that,” she said.

On Tuesday, Burger was shopping at a Greytown supermarket when Zondi approached her.

“He just said, ‘I will stab you’ and pulled out a knife. Luckily there was a security guard nearby, and I called him. While the security guard was confronting him, he pulled out a pistol and pointed it at me. Then he ran out of the shop. That gun will stay in my mind,” said Burger.

She said she froze for a moment when he produced the gun.

“I couldn’t believe that he had a gun, but when he turned it around, I saw that it was real,” she said.

Burger said Zondi had worked very well for her, but later his demeanour towards her changed and he began threatening her and demanding money.

Her husband Gert said the threats stopped for a while, but Zondi had started harassing her again lately.

Mdunge said that Zondi’s gun would be tested to see if it had been used in other crimes.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate would investigate Zondi’s shooting by the police, he said.

When The Witness yesterday visited the place where Zondi lived, it had been burned.

It is unknown when it caught alight or how.

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