Top cop found dead in office

2013-12-24 11:47

One of the country’s most senior policemen was found dead in his office in Pretoria this morning.  in his office this morning.

City Press understands Tshabalala worked late yesterday afternoon, and when staff arrived at work this morning, his office door was locked.

Police had to break down the door and his body was found in his office.

It appears he may have committed suicide. Makgale said the investigation was ongoing.

It is known Tshabalala did not get along with national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega.

Tshabalala, an ex-bodyguard of former president Thabo Mbeki, came into the spotlight after crashing his car into a police patrol van in 2008 while driving under the influence of alcohol.

He pleaded guilty to a drunk-driving charge and was fined R20?000.

Tshabalala was nevertheless promoted by suspended national police commissioner General Bheki Cele to head the information and system management unit of the police in 2010.

Tshabalala had no background or qualifications in information technology.

In December last year, Phiyega transferred Tshabalala to head the inspectorate – generally regarded as a policeman’s graveyard.

Impeccable police sources say Tshabalala was extremely upset about his relegation to the inspectorate.

Phiyega said, according to Sapa: “(Tshabalala’s) invaluable contribution to effective and efficient service delivery within the SA Police Service during the past 19 years, as well as his loyalty, leadership and commitment to the SAPS will be remembered and honoured for many years more.”

» This story was updated after first published.

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