During the early hours of this morning Wednesday 29 January 2014 at about 05:20, Police at Town Hill received a report of a shooting incident at a residence along Chase Valley Road in the Chase Valley area in Pietermaritzburg.
On arrival Police found an injured adult male, later identified as Mr Clement Bongani Zondi (52), lying on the grass inside his premises. He had sustained a gunshot wound to his chest. Paramedics at the scene attempted to resuscitate him, however he succumbed of his injuries a short while later. It is believed that Zondi, a taxi owner operating in the Sobantu area in Pietermaritzburg, were returning home from a nearby gym and was getting out of his vehicle when he was confronted by an unknown man. It is further believed that the suspect produced a firearm and shot Zondi once in the chest and thereafter got into his vehicle, a white Toyota Hilux bakkie, and fled. It is alleged his domestic worker heard a shot coming from outside the house and immediately contacted the Police and went to investigate. On her arrival she noticed Zondi crawling towards the house and appealing for help.
A short while later at about 07:00, a member of the SAPS Pietermaritzburg Tracking Team, visiting the vicinity of the KwaMpumuza area in Plessislaer, spotted an unoccupied suspicious white bakkie parked near a premises and immediately contacted the SAPS Pietermaritzburg Radio Control Room for verification an ownership of the vehicle. Upon circulation it was discovered that the bakkie belonged to Zondi. It is believed that the suspect abandoned the vehicle in the area and fled. Zondi’s Sony Xperia was taken from the vehicle. The motive for the attack is unknown. Police are investigating a case of hijacking. No arrests have been made.
Police are making an appeal to anyone that can assist with any information regarding the incident to urgently contact the Branch Commander –Detective Warrant Officer Gideon Bouwer of SAPS Town Hill Detective Services on telephone number 033 845 7794 or on his cell at 076 592 7164. Members of the public may also contact Crime Stop on 08600 10111.