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.