Sapu wants justice for top cop killing

2013-06-18 18:44
Major General Tirhani Simon Maswanganyi (Picture: SAPS)

Major General Tirhani Simon Maswanganyi (Picture: SAPS)

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Johannesburg - The SA Policing Union (Sapu) expressed sadness over the murder of Major General Tirhani Simon Maswanganyi, whose body was found on Tuesday morning.

"We fall short of words to express this great loss as he is one of the top 20 generals around this province," General Secretary Oscar Skommere said in a statement.

"Sapu has worked well with Major General Maswanganyi over a period of time and as he is on that side of management, there were instances where there would be opposing views."

Even though there were differences of opinion, Sapu worked well with Maswanganyi, with both their goals being the improvement of service delivery in Gauteng.

Maswanganyi was found dead in a field near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, on Tuesday, police said.

"Approximately 03:00 this morning the body of the officer was found in a bushy area next to the road," Gauteng commissioner Lieutenant General Mzwandile Petros said.

"His hands and feet were tied up."

A police patrol found Maswanganyi's abandoned Isuzu bakkie next to the R101 on Monday evening, he said.

A police uniform and police identification card were found in the bakkie, which prompted a search.

"We want to condemn with the strongest terms possible the senseless murder of this top cop," Skommere said.

"His cold-blooded murder has robbed the SAPS as he was one of a few career officers, who have dedicated their lives [to] the fight against crime in our society."

Calls for a speedy investigation

Sapu called for a speedy investigation so the killers could be brought to book. The union sent its condolences to Maswanganyi's family and colleagues.

"Their loss is ours as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult and darkest hour."

Police were waiting for an autopsy report on the cause of death.

Petros said there were no gunshot wounds.

A team of detectives under the leadership of the deputy provincial commissioner for detective services, Major General Tebello Mosikili, and investigators from the provincial investigation unit and organised crime would investigate the murder.

Maswanganyi was 52, married, and a father.

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