• Eunice Stoltz

In Pictures: Memorial Service of Lt Col Charl Kinnear

The first time I saw Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear was in the Western Cape High Court.

Stationed at the back the prominent Cape Town detective, tasked with investigating organized crime, quietly observed the sentencing of Mogamad Faiz Hendricks (50), a former Clever Kid (CK) gang leader, who was charged for murder.

Kinnear looked reserved and focussed, as he had an important role to fulfill: stopping crime.

Memorial Service of the late Lieutenant Colonel Charl Kinnear

In his pursuit of fighting crime, Kinnear was shot dead outside his Bishop Lavis home almost two weeks ago on 18 September 2020.

Since then one person, Zane Killian, was taken into custody in connection with his murder. Killian, who is a former rugby player, is accused of having tracked Kinnear’s phone for several months up until the day of his murder. Meanwhile, the hitmen who shot Kinnear and those who initially ordered the hit are still to be apprehended.

On Wednesday 30 September, SAPS hosted a Memorial Service for the late Kinnear in Belhar.

The service was preceded by a wreath-laying ceremony where among others Major General Jeremy Vearey, Deputy Provincial Commissioner: Crime Detection, paid his respect to his late colleague.

Major General Jeremy Vearey

Kinnear's' wife, Nicky, and their two sons, Carlisle and Casleigh, attended the SAPS Memorial Service.

Nicky Kinnear and her two sons, Carlisle and Casleigh Kinnear.

Members of the Anti-Gang Unit, of whom the late Kinnear was section head of, also attended the service.


Top-detective Charl Kinnear's death caused a great void within the South African Policing Service.

SAPS Memorial Service

"We lost a husband, and a father, the country lost an expert" - Nicky Kinnear

Nicky Kinnear and her two sons, Carlisle and Casleigh Kinnear.