A Phoenix murderer and alleged gang leader was gunned down by men in police uniforms moments after leaving a Gauteng prison on daytime parole on Monday. The man was identified as Nithia Chinnasamy.


Captain Joep Joubert, spokesman for the Brakpan police station, said the 48 year old man spent nights at Boksburg Prison,where he had been serving a sentence for a murder he had committed in Durban in 1998.


A friend had fetched Chinnasamy from the prison just after 7am as he was on Parole. They stopped at the friend’s house in Silverbush Crescent, Dalpark extension 6. While the friend was opening the driveway gate, a dark-blue Renault drove past and fired several shots at the white Toyota Corolla in which Chinnasamy was sitting.Most of the bullets struck the passenger door and window.

Chinnasamy was pronounced dead at the scene.


The Renault used by the gunmen was found parked at the roadside a few blocks away at the corner of Plumbago and Bottlebrush streets. It had been alight.


“According to witnesses, the men that got out of the Renault were both dressed in police uniforms. Police are investigating if the men were, indeed, police or had worn fake uniforms. A case of murder has been opened at Brakpan SAPS,” Joubert said.


Police found 10 spent 9mm shells and eight R-5 rifle shells at the scene.The news of his murder shocked residents of Phoenix, where Chinnasamy had been a gang kingpin until his imprisonment.He has also been linked to drug dealing.