Foul play suspected in JHB top cop's death

Questions are being raised over the death of Gauteng public order policing head David Makhubela.

FILE: Questions are being raised over the death of Gauteng public order policing head David Makhubela. Picture: Ryan James/iWitness.

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are being raised over the death of Gauteng public order policing head, David Makhubela, with an organisation identifying a number of factors that indicate foul play.

The colonel was stabbed to death in Turffontein on Friday night.

Passers-by made the grim discovery while walking along a street and alerted police.

The South African Policing Union (Sapu) suspects the killing was not just an ordinary crime.

Sapu general secretary Oscar Skommere says Makhubela's firearm and his wallet were still on him and this raises questions.

"A knife was used to kill him but he had a gun on him, this raises questions about the motive of the killing."

Makhubela previously provided a statement to the Farlam Commission of Inquiry investigating the deaths of 44 people in strike-related violence at Lonmin Platinum operations at Marikana in the North West.

He was in command of six armoured vehicles which had to spread out barbed wire at the scene of the massacre.

This is the latest police officer to be killed with two others killed by criminals on the N3 last weekend.

Constables Mthokozisi Myezi and Casey Mafokoane were shot dead after stopping a vehicle near the Modderfontein off ramp last Sunday.

Gauteng police have offered a reward of R400,000 for any information that leads to the successful conviction of those responsible for the officers' deaths.