Police Minister Bheki Cele.

POLICE MINISTER Bheki Cele says South African Police Services senior officers have been deployed in a massive manhunt for the killers of anti-gang unit section commander Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear, who was shot outside his home in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, on Friday

Cele told the media outside Kinnear’s home on Saturday that he has already briefed President Cyril Ramaphosa about Kinnear’s killing.

“From here I will go back to the president and the national commissioner,” he said.

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 unknown at this stage.

Brigadier Novela Potelwa said Kinnear was found in his vehicle, shot several times in the upper body.

He was certified dead shortly thereafter

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 Sithole has expressed outrage at the killing of one of their top investigators.

Sithole 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 Sithole.

“The South African Police Service will not rest until those responsible for his murder are brought to book.”

(COMPILED BY INSIDE POLITICS STAFF)

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