An unknown arsonist this week tried to burn down the house of late Senior Superintendent Khazamula Freddy Baloyi, the former commissioner of Mhala police station in Mpumalanga.
Baloyi was gunned down under mysterious circumstances last month at the police station in Thulamahashe township, near Bushbuckridge, after an argument with a colleague, Superintendent Boy Alfred Dlamini, head of investigations. Both died at the scene from gunshot wounds.
Mpumalanga police spokesman Superintendent Abie Khoabane said the investigation of the double shooting was continuing.
"The results of the postmortem are out but won't be made public yet. They have been forwarded to the inquest magistrate for further investigation," Khoabane said.
He said that the Mhala police had discovered that Baloyi's home had been set alight on Monday morning after residents reported that the doors were ajar.
Constable Robert Makhubele said the curtains and kitchen ceiling had been set alight. The burglar gate had been forced open before the door was broken down to gain entry.
"It is obvious that someone tried to burn down the house," Makhubele said. "We want to warn hooligans that the house has been put under 24-hour police surveillance. It belongs to the state and had been allocated to the station commissioner."
He said nothing seemed to have been stolen.