Lawlessness in SA

Johannesburg – The murder of Gauteng policeman
Major-General Tirhani Maswanganyi on Tuesday was
an indication that criminals were not afraid of law
enforcement agencies, the Freedom Front Plus said.
“The murderers clearly, regardless of the motive, have
no fear of law enforcement or prosecution,” FF Plus
leader in the province Jaco Mulder said in a
statement on Tuesday evening.
He said the established criminal culture in South
Africa has progressed to taunting the authorities.
The 52-year-old policeman’s body was found in a field
near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, on Tuesday
morning, police said.
His family told investigators he left home to go to
work shortly after 2pm on Monday.
Gauteng commissioner Lieutenant-General Mzwandile
Petros said: “At approximately 3am this morning, the
body of the officer was found in a bushy area next to
the road. His hands and feet were tied up”.
A police patrol found Maswanganyi’s abandoned Isuzu
bakkie next to the R101 on Monday evening. A police
uniform and a police identification card were in the
bakkie, which prompted a search.
Police were waiting for a post mortem report on the
cause of death.
Petros said there were no gunshot wounds to the
On Tuesday, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said
Maswanganyi’s death was a senseless blow to
Gauteng’s war against crime.
“In the memory of Major-General Maswanganyi, all of
us law-abiding citizens should take up the cudgels and
say: ‘We will not be cowed into submission by
criminals. We will honour Maswanganyi by making
sure that the perpetrators of this heinous crime are
swiftly brought to book’,” she said.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said Maswanganyi’s
death was a loss to South Africa.
He had been in the police service for 31 years.
“The South African Police Service (SAPS) is poorer. The
Gauteng provincial team is poorer. The people of
Johannesburg are poorer. The people of Gauteng and
of the entire South Africa are poorer,” he said.
The South African Police Union (Sapu) also
condemned Maswanganyi’s death.
“We want to condemn with the strongest terms
possible the senseless murder of this top cop,” said
Sapu’s general secretary Oscar Skommere.
“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.”
The Democratic Alliance extended 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
Petros said 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.


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