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A reward of R1 million in cash has been offered for information that leads to the arrest of the person who killed Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear outside his Bishop Lavis home in Cape Town on Friday afternoon.

It is believed that his killers waited for him to stop in front of his house. They then proceeded to fatally shoot him and left on foot.

The reward has been offered by private forensics investigator, Paul O’Sullivan, and head of Forensics For Justice.  

Kinnear was hailed as "the best of the best" detectives in the country and involved with the Western Cape Anti-Gang Unit.

Due to his high-profile cases and numerous death threats that he received, police officers were stationed outside Kinnear's house to protect him, his wife and two sons.

The Daily Maverick reported in January 2020 of how Kinnear's wife, Nicolette, lived in fear when the police protection was removed in December 2019. Just a month before the removal of the officers, two men were arrested outside the Kinnear house.

At the time, Solidarity questioned the South African Police Service's (SAPS) decision to remove the officers.

The Hawks has been put in charge of the investigation into Kinnear's murder.

IOL reports that Hawks spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase, said on Sunday that the murder of the police officer was still under investigation by a multidisciplinary team led by the Hawks.

"The information that we have at the moment is that the matter is still under investigation. The Hawks are leading the investigation and our team is working around the clock to bring those responsible to book."

Police Minister, Bheki Cele, visited Kinnear's family over the weekend to offer his condolences.

Kinnear leaves behind his wife and two sons.

Watch the News24 video below for the latest on the killing of Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear, and footage of the Minister of Police, Bheki Cele's visit to Kinnear's home.

Image credits: Daily Maverick and News24

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