COPS are still hunting the killers of a municipal official who was gunned down last Thursday.Thobani Ndaba (44), Umvoti Municipality’s acting community services director, was killed hours before he was about to be told he had been promoted. This was revealed on Sunday by a municipal official when Police Minister Bheki Cele visited Ndaba’s home in Imbali, Pietermaritzburg. “He didn’t even get to celebrate his achievement,” said the official.Cele said he had visited the scene of the crime. “Whoever shot him was arrogant. Ndaba’s office is just half a kilometre from the local cop shop,” he told Daily Sun.“But the killers used an AK47. That’s a very noisy rifle. “These guys knew the police were going to hear the noise, but they still went ahead and killed him.” He said the use of an AK47 proved that the killers wanted Ndaba dead. Over 20 empty cartridges were found at the scene. “It emerged that Ndaba was shot at close range,” said Cele. “The killers kept firing even after he fell. “This proves that the incident was no ordinary shooting.” Cele said it was too soon to determine whether the incident could be linked to the spate of political killings in the province.Bongani Ndaba (48) said: “My brother was the kind of person who was committed to working for the community. “He started out as a male nurse and went on to become a police officer. “He was murdered while ensuring the community was safe. We’re putting our faith in the police.” KZN police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Thulani Zwane said: “A case of murder was opened at Greytown cop shop. “The motive for the killing is not known and no arrests have been made yet.” Zwane said anyone with information about the incident should call the Greytown Police Station on 033 413 9056 or CrimeStop on 08600 10111.Ndaba, a senior traffic cop, previously worked as provincial inspector for the Road Traffic Inspectorate.
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