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Top Cape Town cop shot dead outside home in apparent gang hit

Charl Kinnear was killed on Friday afternoon, with Bheki Cele having recently established a team tasked with eradicating extortion rackets.

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Anti-gang unit (AGU) section commander, Lieutenant General Charl Kinnear has been shot dead outside his home in Bishop Lavis, Cape Town, on Friday 18 September. 

The killing follows increased tension between law enforcement agencies and gangs operating in the Western Cape, with Police Minister Bheki Cele having announced just days ago that a steering committee involving the City of Cape Town, the police, the Hawks and the provincial community safety department would be put in place to address growing concerns of extortion rackets in the city. 

SAPS officer killed outside Cape Town home

South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa confirmed the killing of a police officer, but was “not in a position to confirm the identity” of the officer. 

“I can say that a police officer has been killed in Bishop Lavis. I am not in a position to say who the victim is but I can confirm that the officer was 54-years-old,” she told The South African.

“Preliminary reports indicate that he was found in his vehicle shot several times in the upper body at 15:20. He was shortly thereafter declared dead by paramedics. The vehicle was a few metres from the deceased’s home in Bishop Lavis.”

“Crime scene experts are still combing the scene for clues. Meanwhile the Hawks detectives are investigating a murder docket. Lt Colonel Charl Kinnear has investigated a number of high profile cases in the Western Cape and had just over 30 years of experience as a police official.”

Motivation for the killing remains unknown, however sources suggest that the shooting is gang related. 

72-hour activation plan underway

Provincial Commissioner of the Western Cape, Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata, has reacted to the killing by immediately activating a 72-Hour Activation Plan.

“This is a plan to mobilise 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,” said Potelwa.

National Police Commissioner General Khehla John Sitole said that the loss of one of the province’s top law enforcement officers is “tragic”.

“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 Sitole.

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

Kinnear involved in several high profile gang investigations.  

Kinnear has been central into investigations around alleged underworld kingpin Nafiz Modack, who was acquitted earlier this year of crimes relating to extortion of popular Cape Town nightclub The Grand Beach Cafe. 

He was also investigating the killing of biker boss Tim Lotter, as well as his known associate Stefan Venter, who was shot dead outside an eatery in Gordons Bay last week. 

He was also investigating the gang-related killing of prominent Cape Town attorney Pete Mihalik. 

The South African has reached out to the City of Cape Town, and is also expecting further information to be provided by the SAPS. We will update this article when further infomration becomes available.

This is a developing story.