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doctor's KILLERS still free

By Frank Maponya | Jul 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

FOUR months after the killing of a prominent Phalaborwa doctor, police are still to crack the case.

The police have now offered a R25000 reward for anyone with information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing Dr Fandzo Risingulo Nyathi, pictured.

Nyathi, 49, was shot in the chest and died instantly in what appeared to be a robbery on March 20.

He was killed on his birthday at his house in Namakgale near Phalaborwa.

According to preliminary investigations, Nyathi was in the company of a friend who had visited him when he was attacked.

The friend was found with his hands and feet tied with ropes.

The gunmen had ransacked Nyathi's house and fled with two laptops, a safe, two cellphones, a firearm, a Mercedes Benz and an undisclosed amount of cash.

The car was later found abandoned at Tswenyane village in Leboeng, near Burgersfort.

Namakgale police spokesperson Constable Lucy Sekgotodi confirmed this week that a reward had been offered to help solve the crime.

"We are hoping that the R25000 reward offered will go a long way to assist us to crack the case," said Sekgotodi.

She said those willing to provide the police with information regarding the matter were assured of "the strictest confidentiality".

"We can assure anyone who wishes to supply us with information that they will be treated in confidence.

"We will not compromise the safety of our sources of information," she said.

Police are investigating charges of murder, house robbery and theft of a motor vehicle, according to Sekgotodi.

Nyathi was a former provincial chairperson of the Black Management Forum, who had contributed to its growth and recognition.

He worked in many hospitals, including Sekororo, Shiluvane and Maphutha-Malatji before going into privatepractice at Namakgale in 1994.


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