Hitmen left 18 spent shells on scene of Durban gang boss shooting‚ cop hunt under way

08 September 2016 - 14:00 By Bongani Mthethwa

Police are following every possible lead in connection with the murder of a Durban murderer and gang leader‚ who was gunned down in hail of bullets by men posing as police officers moments after leaving a Gauteng prison on a daytime parole. Brakpan police station spokesman Captain Joep Joubert on Thursday said no arrest had been made so far in connection with Nithia Chinnasamy’s murder outside a friend’s house in Brakpan on Monday.“This is a very serious investigation. Statements have been taken but so far no arrest has been made‚” said Joubert.He would not be drawn on more details because of the sensitivity of the police investigation.Chinnasamy‚ 48‚ was granted day parole in July and fitted with a tracking device to allow prison authorities to monitor his whereabouts. He had been picked up by a friend from Boksburg Prison‚ where he was serving a sentence for a murder he committed in Durban in 1998.His friend had stopped at his house in Dalpark extension 6‚ Brakpan‚ and while he was opening the gate‚ a Renault drove past‚ firing several shots at the Toyota Corolla in which Chinnasamy was seated.The bullets struck the passenger door and windows‚ killing Chinnasamy instantly.The Renault was later found abandoned on a roadside a few blocks away.At least 10 spent 9mm shells and eight R5-rifle shells were found at the scene.Chinnasamy was the head of the notorious Nithia’s Gang that struck fear into those who crossed its path in Phoenix in the 1980s and 90s.In 2000‚ he was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 10 years for murder‚ attempted murder and kidnapping after killing a 19-year-old Phoenix resident‚ Segendran Arran‚ in 1998.Chinnasamy instructed his four co-accused to bring Arran to him so that he could be taught a lesson. He was assaulted with a mop handle and burning logs. A hose from a fire hydrant was put in his mouth and water turned on. A stick was also pushed into his rectum by his assailants before he was thrown down an embankment at a nearby school.But on Wednesday‚ the druglord was given a hero’s funeral at the Bethsaida Ministries International Church in Phoenix‚ presided over by Pastor Lucky Govender‚ where hundreds of mourners filed past his open casket to pay their last respects while the church pianist played moving gospel songs.His casket was brought to the church in a hearse with a personalised number plate with his name Nithia.- TMG Digital/Durban Newsroom

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