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Another Politician Sadly Passed Away.

Zondo's commission is saddened by the death of commissioner-in-chief Frank Dutton.

Reports indicate that Dutton, 72, suffered a stroke, followed by a heart attack that led to his sudden death.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) told News24 “This is a huge loss. Frank was an amazing detective. His skills are unmatched by any human ”.

Dutton, a former police officer, gained fame after exposing political violence in KwaZulu-Natal during the 1980's unrest. Ten years later, he was appointed head of the Goldstone KwaZulu-Natal Commission.

Goldstone began investigating a number of incidents of public violence and intimidation ahead of the 1994 South African elections.

Dutton was hired to form and lead the Investigation Task Unit (ITU) to investigate police brutality in KwaZulu-Natal during the country's first democratic elections.

He then worked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 1996. Dutton investigated genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Bosnia, Croatia and Kosovo.

His return to South Africa in 2000 led him to lead the Directorate of Special Operations, known as Scopions.

Three years later Dutton resigned from the police force due to health problems after 37 years of service there.

A Limpopo-born policeman received the Order of the Baobab in Gold in 2012 for his unique role and success in his work as a dedicated police officer.

The Presidency wrote on its website that "The key to his work has been the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for political violence, war crimes, crimes against humanity and murder".

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