Dead cop's hands, feet bound

2013-06-18 14:46

Johannesburg - Police are awaiting an autopsy report on the cause of death of Johannesburg police cluster commander Major General Tirhani Simon Maswanganyi whose body was found with his hands and feet tied in a field near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, on Tuesday, police said.

"[At] 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 in the bakkie, which prompted a search.

Police were waiting for an autopsy report on the cause of death. Petros said there were no gunshot wounds. He said Maswanganyi had more than 31 years' service in the police.

"We will do everything in our power to locate and bring the perpetrators of this crime to book.

"I have assembled 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 to investigate the murder," said Petros.

The Democratic Alliance sent its condolences to Maswanganyi's family, friends, and colleagues.

"By all accounts he was a dedicated policeman who keenly felt the need to make a difference in the fight against crime," DA MPL Kate Lorimer said in a statement.

  • Revelgen - 2013-06-18 14:53

    Sounds like a revenge hit. May the perpetrators be brought to book.

  • simon.selahla - 2013-06-18 14:55

    May your soul rest in peace General!! Condolences to his family!!!

  • Khayalethu Mjangqeka - 2013-06-18 14:55

    RIP 50.

  • Kalahari Kgalagadi Safaris - 2013-06-18 15:04

    What do people expect anc made s.a. crime capital of the world ! Viva cadre deployment

      Peter Ndamase - 2013-06-18 15:15

      Go spew your garbage at Luthuli house, idiot!!!

      Gift Mogiftana - 2013-06-18 15:28


  • Brian Thukwani - 2013-06-18 15:09

    Rest in peace general.

  • Mahlatse Patience - 2013-06-18 15:10

    May his soul RIP!ppl plz police our shoulder 2cry on plz stop killing diz ppl,they play imprtnt role in our societies,bt i knw they'l b caught doze hu dd thiz,RIP comrade

      Fred Tucek - 2013-06-18 16:38


      Victor van der Walt - 2013-06-18 16:53

      Huh !!!

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-06-18 16:55

      I will vote for any part that will bring back the death penalty.

  • James Blacksmith - 2013-06-18 15:10

    I struggle to understand WHY we don't re-introduce the death penalty. We are less aligned now with the USA and the 'social' requirements for foreign aid, so we should be following the example of China and end the lives of those that murder, period. We just need to get together the march! I'd even march with Julius on this one!

      Karen Tarbett Hawkey - 2013-06-18 16:27

      Don't you watch tv James? How many times have people on death row (and people already executed!) been proved innocent years and years later via dna testing advances? I personally will never approve of the death penalty due to the possibility of sentencing an innocent person.

      James Blacksmith - 2013-06-18 17:50

      @Piet I think the ANC have been pretty lenient considering. I don't see them locking up opponents in prison, so I see no reason why they would murder civilians. We do know in the old gov, folk use to just go missing... @Karen The USA has had a history of finding black men guilty, but in all fairness usually these men have actually been guilty of 'something', i.e. criminals. SA knew they would have a similar problem with a white jury, so actually left the decision up to the judge. Today we have the means to be quite certain as to whether someone is guilty or innocent and we typically do not punish every murderer, only the one's we are 100% certain of. With DNA testing and other advanced methods, we can can certainly save exponentially more innocent lives than we will lose through wrongful conviction.

  • Stanely Mabunda - 2013-06-18 15:11

    i think it's time to re-introduce the death penalty finish and klaar

      Piet Strydom - 2013-06-18 15:50

      And you trust the cadres to determine correctly who should be executed?

      Eugene Thomas Manganye - 2013-06-19 07:42

      sad. my beloved country

  • Pieter Mynhardt - 2013-06-18 15:12

    and did the DA send any condolences to the families of the 88 people that were murdered on their farms this year . RIP Major

      Peter Ndamase - 2013-06-18 15:16

      Afriforum takes care of them....

      letsallbefriendsdammit - 2013-06-19 13:03

      Two stupid comments right there.

  • Jason Hepple - 2013-06-18 15:14

    So where is @Jub Guy who stated this morning by saying this cop was probably corrupt - swallowed your words now hey?

  • John Nel - 2013-06-18 15:36

    This is yet another tragedy and condolences to his family and colleagues. May he RIP. It is a sad loss for SAPS too. I do however wish that the SAP showed the same energy, commitment and outrage at EVERY murder and not just because it is one of their own who is the victim. The comment that a search was conducted because there was a police uniform and ID in the abandoned bakkie... if it wasn't a policeman's bakkie would they not have searched? Wish the police would show equal dedication and professionalism irrespective of who the victim is!

  • Esme Munzhedzi - 2013-06-18 15:38

    Rest in Peace!!

  • Mashudu Ralutanda - 2013-06-18 15:46

    sad news indeed, you have run the race and finish the course, may his soul RIP

  • Nkoneni Albert Netshiendeulu - 2013-06-18 15:58

    So sad, may the lord give the maswanganyi family the strength to pull through during this difficult times. RIP my brother; we pray for the perpetrators to be brought to book. May justice prevail.

  • Nkagiseng Mpolokeng - 2013-06-18 16:01

    SA still have a long way to go in dealing with crime. May His soul rest in peace. May the Lord strengthen his family in this difficult time..

  • Monica Murray - 2013-06-18 16:05

    Why do the wrong ones get killed...............not right.

      Ntonty Metsing - 2013-06-19 10:14


  • Muhle Leo Dlamini - 2013-06-18 16:07

    buya nkosi usale ulanda abantu bakho ,ngoba kulelizwe akusekho bantu sekunezilwane ,how dis can happen,God help u please

  • Mbuso Siera - 2013-06-18 16:07

    Condolences to the family,hope he was not set up by his colleagues and their drug lord friends......

  • Danny Moremi - 2013-06-18 16:12

    i dnt think he was involved in cash heist investigation to another high rankin cop, watch closely;

  • Stanely Mabunda - 2013-06-18 16:13

    it's time for the government to dust off the death row and to service those ropes

  • Junior Motaung - 2013-06-18 16:20

    This is a very sad story, Once more we lose a man of great stature! he was truly a man who cannot be described using any words.... may you rest in peace Major General..........

  • Chantal Deuchar Coetsee - 2013-06-18 16:21

    Awful! May the General RIP. Condolences to his family.

  • Sipho Mathebula - 2013-06-18 16:37

    Real shocking

  • Kabelo Maphakane - 2013-06-18 16:39

    May his soul rest in peace n condolences to his family n SAPS family.

  • rhondajvv - 2013-06-18 16:51

    So sad when this happens to honourable people

  • Victor van der Walt - 2013-06-18 16:52

    This was a hit.

  • Janky Dennis - 2013-06-18 17:05

    I feel deeply so sorry abt wat hpnd 2 de senior police officer maswanganyi who dedicated his life 2 serve de nation abt his duty,I hope they will find de culprits who killed this gud cop.they must be found n law perform it justice/course.

  • Linky Odendaal - 2013-06-18 17:16

    News 24 don't publish my comments. Am I too critical or am I right?

  • Linky Odendaal - 2013-06-18 17:17

    Do the maths - 42 years old, 31 years service ????

  • Basil Jacobs - 2013-06-18 17:23

    The ANC Government must decide to introducing the Death Sentence or Mob Justice will prevail. RIP and condolences to all his family.

  • Thabang Morweshi Madlala - 2013-06-18 17:57


  • Tshepo Prince - 2013-06-18 17:58

    To me it sounds like revenge and also an inside job, may your soul rest in peace. my deepest condolences to your family,friends and collegues.

  • Rob Tubbs - 2013-06-18 18:09

    Sounds like one of those'dedicated' Policemen who will obviously be sadly missed. Condolences to the family. RIP.

  • Katlego Raphuthi - 2013-06-18 18:23

    Oh i did, it doesn't add up, was he already holding a gun at an age of 11years??? whatever the answer, may his soul rest in peace.

  • Katlego Raphuthi - 2013-06-18 18:23

    Oh i did, it doesn't add up, was he already holding a gun at an age of 11years??? whatever the answer, may his soul rest in peace.

  • Julia Meyer - 2013-06-18 21:00

    Wouldn't be surprised if he was killed by corrupt policemen who were scared he would expose them.

  • Malefo Timothy - 2013-06-19 06:20

    Police officials and officers r not protected by dis government bt criminals received de hole lot of attention, if an officer is killed every1 is quite abt it. If it was sumthing done by de police, de year wil end people making noise.

  • Beverley Hibbert - 2013-06-19 07:08

    Only the death penalty is good enough for cop killers. Hang the bastards!

  • Ricky Singh - 2013-06-19 10:43

    I will bet this hit is work related as another brave soldier dies in uniform. R.I.P. General.

  • dipolelo.mphahlele - 2013-06-19 12:47

    South Africa is no more safe,we fear for our lives,may his perfect and precious soul rests in peace.

  • Reckson Ntivo - 2013-06-19 14:35

    may soul rest in peace *Holeni Wa Mashangu*

  • kenneth.stanton.148 - 2013-06-19 16:48

    Rest in peace General may your soul rest in peace

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