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BELHAR: FAMILY OF MURDERED TOP DETECTIVE TO LEAVE EVERYTHING IN POLICE HANDS
2020/10/02      |  Written By:  Mr M Ngxukumeshe   |   Province:  Western Cape

Clearly- struggling to come to terms with the death of a husband, father and brother Kinnear family huddled closer together curling each other’s back in the front row seat, during the memorial service of the late Lt Col Charl Kinnear who was shot and killed outside his Bishop Lavis home on Friday 18 September 2020.

In a memorial service which took place at Hangar 2 Air-wing 35 Squadron in Belhar on Wednesday 30 September 2020, Nicolette Kinnear who is the widow of the slain Anti-Gang Unit detective and their three sons Carlisle, Casleigh and Rozario watched and listened in pained silence as various speakers were paying tribute.

With Captain Dicks giving a heartfelt piece of soothing music, “You raised me up” there was a palpable sense of loss and pain to Kinnear’s colleagues and friends.

 The grief-stricken, Nicolette and hers sons were taking turns to be on each other’s arms, leaning on each other’s shoulders, clutching hands and comforting one another appearing to be asking questions about the cold-blood murder of their father and how life would be without the man, whom they regard as a protector of their family.

 Western Cape police Commissioner Lt Gen Yolisa Matakata who cut her leave short to attend the service, said she has been struggling to find and describe the irreversible implications of Kinnears murder.

She said the pain that was associated with the loss was difficult to comprehend, the part of my brain reminds the inconsolable part that Lt Col Charl Kinnear belonged to others too and they were also grieving hence I cast my eyes of Mrs Kinnear and the boys.       

However, she said that the murder of a man whom she described as the season investigator would not go unpunished.  She further said the police investigators were hard at work to find those who killed him.

One of the suspects, Zane Killian 39, who is linked to the murder case of Kinnear has since been arrested and appeared briefly in Bishop Lavis Court, his next appearance is on the 5 October 2020.

Speaking on behalf of Kinnear family, Grant Kinnear who is the younger brother of the late Lt Col Kinnear says when he was born, his late brother was 14 years old.    

 As an elder brother Charl acted like a father to me, but he was very strict, a teacher and an analytical thinker, but after all he was my best friend and big brother.

He appreciated all the support they have received from the police since the tragic incident has struck in the family.

He said the family would leave everything in the hands of the police to do their work and bring all those who are responsible for ending the life of his brother to book.

The service which was preceded by wreath-laying ceremony and SAPS members parade which included Anti Gang Unit members and Detectives saw the Western Cape MEC for Safety Albert Fritz adding his voice as a keynote speaker to give tribute to the family.

On Saturday 19 September 2020 just moments after the Police Minister Gen Bheki Cele had visited and met privately Kinnears widow and his sons in their Bishop Lavis home, Nicolette told the media afterwards said she had received ministers’ assurance that the police were going to investigate the matter.

 She was also encouraged that the police had promised to come back to her in a very short space of time with the feedback.

She said she appreciated the efforts by the minister and was willing to leave everything in the hands of the police and their family would give SAPS an opportunity to do the work.

Other speakers who paid tribute to the late Kinnear include representative from Popcru, Sea Point detectives, Sea Point CPF as well as Anti-Gang Unit Commander Major Gen Andre Lincoln and Maj Jeremy Vearey.