In a matter of cold blooded murder, a member of the South African Police force was shot dead at his station at President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home. This followed after the police official in question had his house set alight, as per the Hawks in a statement released on Monday.
Police official, Sergeant Mzwakhe John Magwaz was not a personal body guard of Jacob Zuma, as stated by some reports by various media. He was in fact a member of the protection unit for Nkandla.
The National Head of the Hawks, Lieutenant General Mthandazo Ntlemeza said in a statement that policeman Magwaza was asleep at his home in Eshowe based in northern Kwa-Zulu-Natal when unknown suspects set fire to his rondavel. This occurred in the early hours of the morning.
Ntlemeza said Magwaza’s neighbour, who is also a police officer, saw the house on fire and called other neighbours to help put it out.
"When Magwaza was busy explaining to his rescuers how he tried to call his relatives with no success, as well as highlighting that there were people who wanted him dead, shots were fired at Magwaza."
Ntlemeza said Magwaza tried to flee, but his lifeless body was discovered under his vehicle.
"The suspects, fled the scene with his service pistol. The motive of the killing has not yet been established, but investigations are under way."
"The killing of the officer, is as an attack to the security of the State, Ntlemeza said.
"We are saddened by the murder of one of our own. He was dedicated to the safety of the State and that of fellow South Africans.
"The people responsible for his death must know that we are out to get them. We urge anyone with information about the killing or the whereabouts of the suspects to come forward and help us restore justice," said Ntlemeza.
Zuma's spokesperson Bongani Majola said the Presidency did not comment on South African Police Service personnel.
"It does not matter where they are stationed," said Majola.