Police minister Bheki Cele speaks to residents and taxi drivers at Bhamshela where Lieutenant-Colonel Jabulani Ndawonde was gunned down on Monday. Picture: Sakhiseni Nxumalo.
Police minister Bheki Cele speaks to residents and taxi drivers at Bhamshela where Lieutenant-Colonel Jabulani Ndawonde was gunned down on Monday. Picture: Sakhiseni Nxumalo.

VIDEO: Police Minister Bheki Cele says Ndwedwe top cop was targeted

By Sakhiseni Nxumalo Time of article published May 27, 2021

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DURBAN - Police are certain that slain Lieutenant-Colonel Jabulani Ndawonde was targeted, according to Police minister Bheki Cele.

Cele was speaking following a visit to the family of the 56-year-old acting commander of Ndwedwe police station in Durban on Thursday.

According to the police, Ndawonde was driving home when he was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Ndwedwe, north of Durban, on Monday night. He died as a result of his injuries at the scene.

“We went to the crime scene and judging by the look of things, I’m sure that someone wanted him dead,” he said.

The minister said it was clear that Ndawonde had been followed for quite some time prior to the shooting.

“The question that we need to establish as the police is ‘why?’ However, that will be discovered soon,” said Cele.

The police said it was established from preliminary investigations that the suspects, who were travelling in a mini pick-up truck opened fire on Ndawonde as they passed his vehicle.

On Thursday, Cele engaged with the community and taxi drivers at Bhamshela where Ndawonde was gunned down.

Addressing the crowd, the minister asked: “Why are you killing my police officers in such a gruesome manner?”

He asked the community if they knew Ndawonde and whether they had seen what happened to him.

The community members and taxi drivers admitted to knowing him, however, none came forward with information about the incident while the media was present.

The incident came days after he revealed – during the release of the quarterly national crime statistics – that 24 officers had been killed in the first three months of this year.

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