Police break down door to find dead top cop

2013-12-24 15:45

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

He is Lieutenant General Sean Tshabalala, divisional commissioner of the inspectorate of the South African Police Service.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale confirmed staff had discovered the body of Tshabalala in his office.

City Press understands Tshabalala worked late on Monday afternoon, and when staff arrived at work on Tuesday 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, said the paper.

Makgale said the investigation was ongoing.

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, national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega transferred Tshabalala to head the inspectorate - generally regarded as a policeman’s graveyard.

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.”
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