They want me dead, Nkandla cop shouted moments before his murder

2015-10-26 15:33
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Durban - A policeman stationed at President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla home was shot dead after having his house set alight, the Hawks said on Monday.

Sergeant Mzwakhe John Magwaz was not Zuma's personal bodyguard, as reported by some media, but was part of the protection unit for Nkandla.

National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, said Magwaza was asleep inside his rondavel when unknown suspects set the house alight in Eshowe, northern KwaZulu-Natal, in the early hours of the morning.

Ntlemeza said Magwaza’s neighbour, who is also a police officer, saw the house on fire and called other neighbours to help put it out.

"When Magwaza was busy explaining to his rescuers how he tried to call his relatives with no success, as well as highlighting that there were people who wanted him dead, shots were fired at Magwaza."

Ntlemeza said Magwaza tried to flee, but his lifeless body was discovered under his vehicle.

"The suspects... fled the scene with his service pistol. The motive of the killing has not yet been established, but investigations are under way."

"The killing of the officer... is as an attack to the security of the State, Ntlemeza said.

"We are saddened by the murder of one of our own. He was dedicated to the safety of the State and that of fellow South Africans.

"The people responsible for his death must know that we are out to get them. We urge anyone with information about the killing or the whereabouts of the suspects to come forward and help us restore justice," said Ntlemeza.

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