KZN cop arrested for allegedly killing his colleague

A SAPS constable has been charged with the murder of his colleague. Picture: SAPS

A SAPS constable has been charged with the murder of his colleague. Picture: SAPS

Published Jun 5, 2024


A KwaZulu-Natal cop has found himself on the wrong side of the law after he was charged for a colleague’s murder.

The incident took place at the Community Service Centre (CSC) at Nsuze Police Station on June 4.

Following the incident Provincial Commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi encouraged police officers to make use of internal Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) programmes to maintain a sound and sober state of mind at all times and avoid resorting to violence as a form of resolving issues.

Explaining the incident, KZN police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda said the 40-year-old off-duty Constable was arrested for the murder of a 47-year-old Sergeant.

“Information at this stage indicates that a 47-year-old Sergeant was on duty at the Community Service Centre with his colleague (another Constable),” Netshiunda said.

“It is reported that the on-duty Constable was doing routine patrol inside the premises of the police station when he heard gunshot sounds coming out of the Community Service Centre,” he said.

“When he rushed to investigate, he reportedly saw an off duty constable running away from the CSC. When the on duty Constable entered the CSC he reportedly found his Sergeant colleague sitting on the chair with gunshot wounds, and was declared dead at the scene.”

Nethsuinda said in “an unusual turn of events” the suspected killer reported for duty on Wednesday morning and was duly arrested.

“The motive of the killing is unknown at this stage.”

Mkhwanazi said that police officers must maintain good relations with fellow officers and always strive to become each other’s keeper.

“Commanders must be observant at all times and be closer to their members so that they may identify any feud between officers or any sense of unhappiness,” Mkhwanazi said.

“Policing is a demanding and traumatic job at times and police officers are the most prized resources of the organisation and must be looked after as such.”

He said the incident that happened at a police station in Nsuze is unfortunate.

“And although criminal charges and internal disciplinary process will be pursued against the suspect, more efforts must be invested into the investigation of what could have led to such gruesome murder inside a building which is supposed to be a safe haven for police officers,” said Mkhwanazi.

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