Young cop found deadin uMlazi

2013-08-28 00:00

POLICE are looking to the results of a ballistic test on a service pistol and fingerprints taken from an unknown man to piece together the circumstances surrounding the death of an young uMlazi policeman and his passenger.

The body of Constable Sizwe Mhlongo (26) of the Sydenham police station was found behind the wheel of his car, in uMlazi V section yesterday morning. In the passenger seat was a man, also in his twenties, who could not be identified by Mhlongo’s family or the police.

“On Monday about 21:30, residents in the area heard gunshots near uMlazi Secondary School. Those who spoke to the police said when they heard the gunshots, they were too scared to investigate.

“It was only in the morning that they found the car, a Toyota RunX belonging to Mhlongo, with the two men dead in the driver’s and passenger seats,” said Naicker.

Mhlongo has been in police service for three years. His state-issued 9mm firearm was found inside the vehicle.

Naicker said the firearm was taken for ballistic tests to establish whether it was used in the shooting.

The unidentified man’s fingerprints were also taken to try and identify him.

Experts and the local criminal record centre were roped in to investigate.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said they do not want to speculate. “We will await the results of the post-mortem and ballistic investigation to give us a clear picture as to what could have occurred,” he said.

“Mhlongo’s colleagues were shocked at the news of his death and visited the scene as soon as they received the news from a colleague who lives nearby. An inquest and murder docket has been opened for further investigation.”

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant- General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said: “We will ensure that we do everything within our control to establish what actually transpired”. — Witness Reporter.

Attempts to get comment from the family were unsuccessful.

. Ten KwaZulu-Natal police officers have been killed on and off duty since the beginning of the year, according to Naicker.

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