A prominent Cape Town detective has allegedly been assassinated in front of his Bishop Lavis home on Friday, September 18.
Colonel Charl Kinnear was gunned down in front of his home shortly after 3pm on Friday afternoon, according to SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo. The details surrounding his killing are still very vague.
Brigadier Novela Potelwa said Kinnear was found in his vehicle, shot several times in the upper body. He was certified dead shortly thereafter.
Brigadier Novela Potelwa speaks about the killing of Top cop Lieutenant-Colonel Charl Kinnear from the Anti-Gang Unit who was gunned down in front of his Bishop Lavis residence. @TimesLIVE @SAPoliceService #crime pic.twitter.com/fIBWiKtdGL
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The City’s JP Smith told News24: “We cannot attribute the killing to any one grouping yet. But what is clear is that organised crime is becoming more and more brazen.”
Radio 786 reports that authorities have a suspect and are following up on leads.
Kinnear was attached to the Western Cape Anti-Gang Unit as a section commander involved in investigations into several high profile cases resulting in multiple arrests. He was the investigating officer on the extortion case of alleged underworld figure Nafiz Modack.
The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Khehla John Sitole has expressed outrage at the killing of one of their top investigators.
General Sitole has tasked the Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape, Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata to immediately activate the 72-Hour Activation Plan. This is a plan to mobilize critical departments including Crime Intelligence, Forensic Experts, the Hawks and Tactical Units to ensure that evidence or information that could assist in the successful investigation of this case is not lost.
“We are all saddened by this tragic untimely loss of Colonel Kinnear and his murder is huge loss to South Africa and its people,” said General Sitole.
“The South African Police Service will not rest until those responsible for his murder are brought to book”, added General Sitole.
SAPS appeals to anyone with information to please contact them on 086 00 10111 or via MySAPSApp. All information will be treated with strictest confidence and callers may remain anonymous.