Policeman Harry Mpendulo Mchunu has died‚ plunging KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu and his family into mourning‚ the premier’s office said on Wednesday.

He was a police Captain based in Umlazi‚ and passed away after a long illness.

“Although he had been unwell for some time‚ the Mchunu family had hoped their brother would get better‚” said Ndabezinhle Sibiya‚ spokesperson for the Premier. “However‚ it was not to be as he passed away over the weekend.”

This has been a tough year for the Mchunu family as the Premier earlier this year lost his wife‚ mother and father.

“The Premier and the Mchunu family have thanked people from all walks of life who have continued showing them support as the family mourns yet again another loss‚” Sibiya said.

The funeral will be held at 9am on 23 December 2016 at the Wembezi Multipurpose Centre.