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By Mhlaba Memela | Jan 06, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

AN OFF-DUTY eThekwini metro police officer was shot and killed after his assailants had forcibly entered his homestead in the Nsuze area of KwaMaphumulo, north of Durban.

Two suspects were arrested shortly afterwards.

Senior constable Vusi Zondi was killed in front of his family while preparing to go to work on Monday afternoon.

It is alleged that the assailants initially came to Zondi's home to ask for directions where they could buy block bricks.

Zondi was stationed at Verulam satellite police station on the north coast.

Local police station commander Jabulani Ndawonde said Zondi's attackers had arrived at his home early in the morning and left.

"They came back later, claiming they wanted to thank him for giving them directions," said Ndawonde.

"It is alleged that Zondi tried to stop them from entering his home and one of the suspects opened fire, killing him in front of his family."

He said Zondi suffered wounds to his chest and head.

"It appears that a struggle ensued between the deceased and his attackers while he tried to prevent them from entering his premises.

"One of the suspects drew a firearm and shot Zondi in the back when he tried to turn," he said.

Police have condemned the murder, but are happy that they had, within 30 minutes of the attack, arrested the suspects.

Ndawonde said the men were found a few kilometres away in the Ncibini area while drinking at a beerhall.

"They were found in possession of three 9mm pistols and ammunition. Our investigation is continuing," Ndawonde said.


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