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Charl Kinnear murder: Man who ‘tracked cellphone’ taken in for questioning

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The crime scene in Bishop Lavis after Cape Town detective, Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear, was shot and killed.

  • A man who may be connected to the murder of Cape
    Town detective, Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear, has reportedly been arrested.
  • The man, a former professional rugby player,
    allegedly tracked Kinnear’s cellphone.
  • Kinnear was gunned down in front of his house in
    Bishop Lavis, Cape Town on Friday.

Police have taken a man in for questioning in
connection with the murder of Cape Town detective, Lieutenant Colonel Charl
Kinnear, News24 has reliably learnt from a source.

But last night the Hawks cautioned that it did not
wish to comment yet.

Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Malaudzi
said: “We are treating this matter with the sensitivity it deserves. We
will formally announce any developments at the right time.”

Kinnear, who was attached to the Western Cape
Anti-Gang Unit, was shot dead in front of his house
in Bishop Lavis in Cape Town on Friday.

According to Netwerk24, the suspect is a former professional
rugby player
from Springs on Gauteng’s East Rand.

Western Cape detectives reportedly took him in for
questioning on Tuesday night.

The 39-year-old man, the son of a retired police
colonel, was seemingly responsible for the tracking of Kinnear’s cellphone,
Netwerk24 reported.

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Daily Maverick reported that the man was expected to appear in the
Germiston Magistrate’s Court on Friday
before being transferred to
Cape Town.

Questioned until early hours

Sources told Netwerk24 on Wednesday that the man,
who is believed to be a debt collector, was taken to a police station on the
East Rand where he was questioned until the early hours of Wednesday morning.

The man reportedly tracks cellphone signals to earn
extra money and was, according to him, duped into believing he was tracking the
signal of a jealous man’s wife. The man identified himself as
“Mohamad”, Daily Maverick reported.

The publication also reported that, a week before
his death, Kinnear was in Springs to continue his investigation into alleged
underworld boss Nafiz Modack. Kinnear also investigated eight high-ranking
police officers accused of colluding with fellow officers at the Central
Firearms Registry.

At the time of his death, Kinnear was reportedly
supposed to return to Gauteng and make further arrests of two high-ranking
police officers.

Suspected assassination

The killing is suspected to have been an
assassination, although this has not been confirmed by police. They would also
not speculate about the possible motive for the murder.

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Residents in Bishop Lavis told News24 that shots
were heard at around 15:00 on Friday.

In a statement, national police commissioner
General Khehla John Sitole said: “We are all saddened by this tragic
untimely loss of Colonel Kinnear and his murder is a huge loss to South Africa
and its people.”

Police Minister Bheki Cele said Kinnear was “failed”
by the police
. The minister said this at a briefing in the Kinnear
family’s driveway on Saturday, after spending almost an hour with Kinnear’s
wife Nicolette and sons, Carlisle and Casleigh.

“I must say unfortunately, at the moment,
there are more questions than answers … but right now, as it stands, it does
look like we have failed as the police. We could have done things better.”

Cele said he would not hesitate to ask President
Cyril Ramaphosa for additional resources, if needed, to track down Kinnear’s
killers.

Meanwhile, on the streets of Kinnear’s beloved home
suburb of Bishop Lavis, the local Community Police Forum (CPF) planned to hold
a candlelight vigil outside the Kinnear family home on Thursday afternoon to
honour him.

 – Compiled
by Riaan Grobler

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