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S AFRICA: HAVE A GO HERO KILLED

A private investigator who foiled an indiscriminate gun attack on Black passers by has been killed. Simon Mukondoleli, was attacked late on 6 may by two men in downtown Pretoria. He was shot in the chest and died at the scene.

Mukondoleli intervened on November 15, 1988, when white extremist Barend Strydom began shooting passers-by in a square in Pretoria. Strydom, a former policeman, laughed as he shot to death six blacks and wounded 16 more. He also killed an Indian man.

Mukondoleli, then a 32-year-old taxi driver, followed the gunman into a shop where he was reloading his weapon at a counter. He tapped Strydom on the shoulder and said, "Excuse me baas (boss), but that baas is calling you." When Strydom looked around, Mukondoleli snatched the firearm from the counter. He led Strydom at gunpoint outside, where police arrested him.

According to pretoria's police sources, Mukondoleli's killing may have been an attempted hijacking or may have been related to his job as a private investigator, his uncle Thineas Ndou said. He said his nephew had often shared information about criminal cases with police.
 
 
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