Family want answers

2018-10-03 06:02

THE family of a Pietermaritzburg policeman who was gunned down in Imbali want to know why he died.

The body of Sergeant Thembinkosi Buthelezi, who was attached to the Kokstad K9 Unit, was found by a passerby on Saturday. He had gunshot wounds to the head.

It is believed that Buthelezi (46) was confronted by unknown assailants while he was on his way to visit his family in Slangspruit.

His grieving sister, Nomvula Mjwara, yesterday described her brother as having dedicated his life to protecting civilians.

She told The Witness the family had many unanswered questions about the murder. She said they did not know that the police officer was coming home that day.

Mjwara said what was even more baffling is that Buthelezi’s car, a Toyota Corolla, cannot be located and it is not clear whether he was also hijacked.

She said apart from the car, Buthelezi’s cellphone and wallet were also taken.

It is suspected that his service firearm may also have been stolen during the attack.

Mjwara said on Saturday morning they were alerted by neighbours that a body, which matched Buthelezi’s description, had been found, just a kilometre away from their homestead.

She said some of the neighbours who live close to where Buthelezi’s body was recovered claimed to have heard multiple gunshots at around 8.30 pm on Friday.

Buthelezi served in the SAPS for 18 years.

“He always wanted to be in the police. Before he joined the service, 18 years ago, he worked as a security guard. He was always a pillar for his family, was responsible for children and siblings too,” said Mjwara.

She said the family have not yet come to terms with her brother’s murder. “We are at a loss.

We don’t know what we will put together because he was the breadwinner.

We wish that the perpetrators would be arrested and that justice will take its course. We want to know why they targeted him. Was he at the wrong place at the wrong time? We have a lot of unanswered questions,” she said.

“He was a good person; he always put his family first and was very humble.”

Buthelezi is survived by his five children.

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