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It's 30 days since a woman, who was a key witness in a corruption case involving two policemen, was gunned down but her killer is still on the loose.

Now the woman's husband says he wants justice and has more questions for the police as the days drag on but no answers are forthcoming.

Lindiwe Mthembu was gunned down on January 18. She was shot dead on the eighth floor of their central Johannesburg block while walking to the family's 10th floor flat.

Yesterday Petros Mthembu plucked up the courage to visit the scene of his wife's murder accompanied by Sowetan staffers.

The hole in the wall, pierced by a bullet during the attack, is still visible.

Mthembu said: "Why did the police make her a key witness against two of their own without placing her under protection?"

He said his children keep asking him why their mother was killed.

"I have to be strong for them. I miss her a lot.

"I want justice. The police are the only ones who can make me and my children happy by arresting the culprits, but they aren't doing their work," he said.

Mthembu said that since his wife's death police had not informed him about any progress in their investigations.

Mthembu's wife was a key witness in a case against police inspectors Tello Mota, 39, of Johannesburg Central police station and Sean Thwala, 40, of Booysens.

Mota and Thwala are facing charges of theft, corruption, extortion, intimidation and defeating the ends of justice.

The Mthembus had been married for 16 years and have three children, Themba, 14, Khanyisile, 10, and Thandi, nine. After his wife's funeral, Mthembu had to leave the flat where they had lived.

"I couldn't stay there. I am afraid that we will also be targeted because her killers are still free."

He said it was difficult for him to walk past the building where his wife was murdered.

Police spokesman Inspector Xoli Mbele said investigations were continuing and no arrests had been made.


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