‘Ndaba’s murder was planned’ - Bheki Cele

2018-11-21 06:02
PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaNational Minister of Police Bheki Cele (blue hat) was among the leadership at the city hall where Thobani Ndaba’s funeral took place.

PHOTO: lethiwe makhanyaNational Minister of Police Bheki Cele (blue hat) was among the leadership at the city hall where Thobani Ndaba’s funeral took place.

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NATIONAL Minister of Police Bheki Cele has revealed the details of how Thobani Ndaba was murdered.

Ndaba (44), who was the chief traffic officer at Umvoti Municipality, was shot 20 times while trying to get into his car at the municipal premises last Thursday.

Cele was speaking at Ndaba’s funeral, which was held at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall on Saturday. He said the police are close to finding the killers and urged everyone, including Ndaba’s family, to give the police space to do their investigation.

“We can now confirm that this killing was planned. The killers cut the fence to gain access to the premises. There was a co-ordinator inside the municipality who gave inside information to the killers about the meeting that Ndaba attended on the day; who had left the meeting and who was left behind. We have found out who that person is but no one has been arrested. But we can assure you we will make an arrest in a few days. There is a lot of information that we have found. We are building a case but I will not reveal all the information because this case is sensitive.

“I know that I promised the Ndaba family that by the time we lay Ndaba to rest we would have made an arrest but unfortunately that did not happen. Murder cases differ all the time, some are complicated but we will leave no stone unturned,” he said.

“The people who killed Ndaba are heartless people. We found 20 AK47 cartages on the scene. He was brutally murdered.”

KZN Transport MEC Blade Nzimande said they have lost a hero and urged the community to honour Ndaba by obeying the rules of the road.

“The best way to honour and bury him is for all of us to obey the rules of the road, especially the youth. They must stop texting and posting on social networks while driving. We must also respect traffic officers and not swear at him or her, even if he or she gives you a ticket.”

Provincial ANC secretary Sihle Zikalala, who also attended the funeral, said the ANC has lost an activist who was always honest and a dedicated government employee.

“We cannot shut up while people who are fighting corruption are being killed. If you are killing a government employee you are killing the whole country. The people who did this must face justice. We need to work together in protecting government employees because if we don’t, the criminals will continue and kill them. We expected a lot from Thobani. We hoped that he would do a lot of things to make sure there is peace and people are living safely.”

Ndaba was laid to rest at the Mountain Rise cemetery on Saturday.

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