PROVINCIAL deputy police commissioner Major-General Bongani Ntanjana was declared dead on arrival at the Ethekwini Hospital early yesterday morning. Ntanjana, who had been ill for some time, was taken to the hospital by his family. Spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Vincent Mdunge said Ntanjana’s death was a big loss to the police in the province. Mdunge told The Witness that Ntanjana’s valuable experience was a quality that would be missed most. “He was a father to us all. He was always a father figure, even if you were a junior officer and you called him at one in the morning,” he said. KZN Premier Zweli Mkhize also expressed his sadness following Ntanjana’s death. “We will remember Ntanjana for working tirelessly to bring peace and stability in KZN at the height of political violence … “On behalf of the provincial government, I want to express our deepest sympathy to the Ntanjana family. You are in our prayers during this difficult period,” said Mkhize. Mdunge said details of the funeral were not yet known, and they would wait on the family to decide. Ntanjana was married with children.