Sunday, May 30, 2010
Cele vows to 'leave no stone unturned'
May 30, 2010 12:00 AM | By Taschica Pillay
The SAPS has vowed to leave no stone unturned to solve the killing of a senior Durban policeman.
Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Pillay, 50, was shot dead in the driveway of his Lotus Park home on Wednesday when he returned from shopping with his wife, Roseanne.
Pillay, a policeman for 32 years, was attached to the provincial trial section, an internal disciplinary unit.
On Thursday, national commissioner General Bheki Cele and provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mamunye Ngobeni visited Pillay's home to express their condolences.
They told the family they would "leave no stone unturned".
Pillay's son, Julien, 28, said his father had parked his car and gone to speak to someone working on a neighbour's property.
"My mother, who was seated in the car, heard gunshots, and when she turned around, she saw my father lying on the ground," he said.
"She was afraid to run to my dad in case whoever had shot him was still around. Other than the gunshots, she heard nothing and saw no one.
"He had not received any death threats. This was just a senseless killing. We are left with many unanswered questions. My father hated violence and shooting, yet lost his life in that way," said Julien.
Pillay headed the detective branch in Isipingo before serving as station commander in KwaMakhutha.
Police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said the motive for the shooting was unknown.
He said Pillay was confronted by three suspects, who had a short conversation with him.
The case is being investigated by Durban's Organised Crime Unit.
Pillay's funeral took place on Friday.
Comments by Sonny
Police Killings are deplorable, just like during the Apartheid Era!
Police killings were politically motivated then, what is the motivations NOW?