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By unknown | 2009-01-28 00:00:00.0

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Police say they are hot on the heels of the killers of Inkosi Mbongeleni Zondi.

Zondi, 37, was a direct descendent of the famous Inkosi Bhambatha Zondi who led a revolt against the 1906 poll tax imposed by the British settlers.

Mbongeleni Zondi was killed in a hail of bullets after a visiting his fiancée in Umlazi last week.

Speaking in KwaMashu yesterday, Safety and Security Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the police were following strong leads in Zondi's death.

Though Mthethwa did not divulge further information, he promised that the killers would be brought to book.

"As we are meeting here today, police are on the heels of his killers.

His callous murder makes us swear and pledge to fight crime with all our might," he said.

Mthethwa was echoing earlier sentiments by Mandla Mphuthi, chairman of the provincial Community Policing Forum, who promised to mobilise communities to deal with the murderers.

"As the CPF, we intend working with communities in ensuring that each and every citizen upholds the law. Over and above that, we will mobilise society to deal with the killers of Inkosi Zondi and other members of the SAPS because those responsible for their deaths are our brothers, uncles, sons and fathers. They live among us."

Mphuthi said it was important for communities to work with the police in order to win the fight against crime.

"Police alone cannot do it. They need our cooperation. This we will provide," he said.

Meanwhile, the widow of the late "super cop" Superintendent Zethembe Chonco, Londekile, said the family was still devastated by his killing.

Zondi will be buried on Saturday at Ngome. Premier Sbu Ndebele said Zondi will be honoured with a state funeral.