Hunt for cop's killers continues

Police investigate the murder of a senior Johannesburg policeman, near Hammanskraal, just outside Pretoria, on 18 June 2013. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.
Gauteng Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros speaks to Talk Radio 702's John Robbie about the latest information on Major-General Tirhani Maswanganyi's murder.
One of Johannesburg's top cops, Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi, has been found murdered in a field near Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria. EWN's Barry Bateman reports.
The scene where a top Johannesburg policeman's body was found near Wallmansthal, just outside Pretoria. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.
A forensic investigator at the scene where a senior Johannesburg policeman's body was found outside Wallmansthal near Pretoria on 18 June 2013. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Community Policing Board has called on all of its branches to help catch those responsible for the murder of top cop Tirhani Maswanganyi.

Police found Maswanganyi's body in the early hours of Tuesday morning, not far from his abandoned vehicle along the R101, 30km north of Pretoria.

He was last seen by his wife when he left their home near Hammanskraal on Monday afternoon.

The community policing board's Andy Mashaile says, “We are appealing to all the 141 community policing forums and the factor crime forums to listen, observe, get information and then forward it to the relevant station commanders. So these faceless people can be dealt with harshly.”

Meanwhile, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has condemned Maswanganyi's murder.

Mokonyane says his death has robbed the South African Police Service (SAPS) of a dedicated officer who fought against crime in society.

The premier's spokesperson Thebe Mohatle says, “A passing of a member of the SAPS is one death too many. It’s something that is unacceptable and it actually undermines government’s efforts to fight crime in the province.”

Maswanganyi’s half-naked body was discovered with his hands and feet bound while his vehicle was abandoned with his police uniform, service pistol and other personal items left in it.

The senior officer has been described as a passionate corruption fighter who loved being out in the field.

The motive for the crime is still unknown.