The man who shot and killed Sipho Mfayela, a senior human resources official at Durban’s King Edward Hospital last week, is still at large.
Col Jay Naicker on Tuesday said they were following “certain” leads.
The personal details of the suspect have been circulated to all police stations and the police are hot on his trail, Naicker said.
The 34-year-old suspect, who was an employee at the hospital, arrived there last Thursday morning and was handed a letter of dismissal by Mfayela.
The suspect pumped two bullets into Mfayela, killing him instantly in full view of some of his colleagues.
The incident shocked workers, especially in the human resources department, and most of them are currently undergoing psychological treatment to help them deal with the murder.
Nontobeko Ndlela, spokesperson for the King Edward Hospital, said workers were praying that the police catch the suspect as soon as possible.
“The feeling among the workers is that it would be easier and safer for everyone once the suspect has been arrested. The employees fear that he may come back to harm or kill again,” said Ndlela.
She added that Mfayela’s memorial service was scheduled to take place tomorrow at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine. Arrangements for his funeral have not yet been finalised but Mfayela is expected to be buried at the weekend.
Mfayela had worked at the hospital for 22 years and he spent 14 of those in the HR department.
His colleagues yesterday described him as a quiet and diligent person. “He is going to be missed by many of his colleagues,” Ndlela said.