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Police nab Pillay's 'hired gun'

By Mhlaba Memela | Jun 21, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

POLICE have made a breakthrough after arresting two men who were sought in connection with the brutal killing of Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Pillay.

Two men were arrested last Thursday night after a day and night operation to track down Pillay's assailants.

Pillay, 50, was shot four times by an unknown man outside his home in Lotus Park, Isipingo, south of Durban a fortnight ago.

Pillay worked for the police unit dealing with police disciplinary cases.

The police operation led to the arrest of a 27-year-old "hitman" in the KwaMashu men's hostel and a colleague of Pillay's at his home in Excelsior.

It's alleged that the 32-year-old constable was involved in a departmental hearing for assaulting a police captain and Pillay was the presiding officer in the case.

Police spokesperson Vincent Mdunge said police had worked tirelessly to track down Pillay's attackers to ensure they were arrested.

"Their work is commendable. According to the information before us a police constable conspired with the 'hitman' and made an offer to pay R5000 on the successful killing of Pillay," he said.

He said the case that Pillay was presiding over was linked to an incident that occurred in Bayview police station, where a captain and constable were stationed.

He said both men would face charges of murder and conspiracy to murder and would appear in court today.

Commissioner General Bheki Cele had promised Pillay's family that the perpetrators would be brought to book when he visited them to pay his respects.


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