THE family of slain eThekwini Metro police officer Vusi Zondi claimed yesterday that he had been receiving death threats in the weeks before he was killed.
Zondi was shot and killed in front of his wife and three children at his home in Nsuze, north of Durban, on Monday afternoon.
He was getting ready for work when he was shot and killed. Police arrested two men 30 minutes after the shooting.
Zondi's family believe his death was a hit and they hope his assailants will give information to the police about their handlers.
Zondi's daughter Thandeka said her family was battling to come to terms with his death.
Zondi received a death threat as late as the Sunday night before his murder.
"My dad had been receiving mysterious calls over the past three weeks and several death threats.
"One day my mother also spoke to them and asked for their names. They knew everything about us and also called my mother by her name," she said.
She said her father ignored the threats because he said "he had no enemies".
She said the numbers of callers had been saved on her dad's cellphone and handed over to the police.
"We want them to tell the police who hired them to kill our father. My father was a no-nonsense person, humble, and very loving to everyone, not just his family.
"I don't understand why he was killed so horribly," she said.
She said it's clear that Zondi's killers had targeted him because they came to the house asking for directions.
"They came back and killed him. We are grateful to the police for arresting the two thugs," said the distraught daughter.
Local police station commander Jabulani Ndawonde said the two men had been charged with murder and possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition and would appear in court today.