Cop held for killing superior

2010-06-18 13:07

Durban - Two men, including a police constable, were arrested for the murder of a colleague in his driveway in Isipingo, KwaZulu-Natal police said on Friday.

"A police operation was conducted on Thursday night which led to the arrest of a 27-year-old man at KwaMashu men's hostel. The operation further led to an arrest of a policeman at his residence on Ridge Road in Durban," said Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge.

In May a policeman was shot dead in his driveway in Isipingo.

Police said he went to greet neighbours across the road and came across three men who asked him for directions.

When he turned around he was shot dead, twice in the chest and once in the neck.

Disciplinary case

Lieutenant Colonel Francis Pillay, 50, worked for the police unit dealing with police disciplinary cases and was a former station commander of KwaMakhutha police station.

He had also worked for the detective unit in Isipingo.

He was shot while his wife was waiting for him in the car.

Mdunge said it was believed that the arrested police constable, 32, was attending a disciplinary trial were he was accused of assaulting another policeman from the station where he was based.

Pillay was the presiding officer.

"The information at hand suggests that the police constable conspired with the alleged hitman and made an offer to pay R5 000 upon the successful killing of Colonel Pillay," said Mdunge.

The police constable and his co-accused were expected to appear at the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday, said Mdunge.