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We'll nail Chonco's killers soon - top cop

By unknown | Sep 03, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mary Papayya

Mary Papayya

The man responsible for heading the investigations into the assassination of a top cop in KwaZulu-Natal, Johan Booysens, was yesterday confident that the killers of Superintendent Zethembe Chonco would be arrested.

"I have full faith in my team of seasoned detectives," said Booysens, director of the provincial organised crime unit.

He said while Chonco's colleagues mourned his death and were in a "sombre mood", they were determined to "get the job done".

Asked if allegations that Chonco was sold out by colleagues at his station were true, he said: "I cannot confirm that but indications are that his death is related to his investigations into the taxi violence."

Chonco, who was ambushed while escorting prisoners to a court on the north coast last weekend, will be buried on Saturday with full police honours.

A memorial service will take place at Kranskop police station today.

Chonco, who was named the province's "best" cop before his death, was the commissioner of Kranskop police station.

Family spokesman Saddem Ntombela said the funeral would be at Ematheni in Nongoma.

"We are still battling as a family to come to terms with this tragedy and we know that on Saturday we will have to let him rest.

"My sister-in-law Londi MaMsezane is still shattered and so are their four kids," he said.

Ntombela said that the open casket at the funeral service "can only be viewed by family. This is the family's wishes".

"We put our faith in the police investigating the case and hope that those responsible will be arrested soon."

Provincial police commissioner Hamilton Ngidi said: "He will receive an official state funeral. We want to assure the public that we are doing everything possible to arrest those responsible for his death."


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