'Gentle giant' Piet Byleveld remembered for his legendary detective skills

Piet Byleveld, South Africa’s most successful police detective, has died at the age of 67 following a diagnosis of stage four lung cancer.

EWN's Mandy Wiener reports that Byleveld gained quite the reputation over the years.

He became quite a legend, he was known as the super sleuth with a reputation for catching serial killers.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

Wiener explains that Byleveld became known for his investigative skills, to the dismay of many criminals.

He became quite a bit of a celebrity super cop. He really relished the hunt and the journey of catching the killer.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

He had a nose for a serial killer, who was able to catch in excess of five or six serial killers.

Mandy Wiener, senior EWN reporter

She says Byleveld deaths marks a loss for institutional knowledge and inside sources.

Take a listen to the EWN analysis:

Many believed that the top cop was born to be a police officer, despite some criticism surrounding his techniques.

Piet Byleveld was a 'gentle giant'

Presenter Redi Tlhabi also reflected on her memories and encounters with Byleveld over the years, commending him for his relentless commitment to fighting crime.

Take a listen her personal perspective a clip from her last interview with him:


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