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Murdered cop identified

The major general's body was found early on Tuesday morning in a field close to the R101.

Police investigate the scene where a top Johannesburg policeman's body was found near Hammanskraal, just outside Pretoria on 18 June 2013. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

PRETORIA - The police have identified a murdered senior South African Police Service (SAPS) official as Johannesburg's Cluster Commander Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi.

His body was found on Tuesday morning bound and dumped in a field along the R101 about 30km north of Pretoria.

He was last seen by his wife leaving their home in the Hammanskraal area at about 2pm on Monday afternoon.

The police's Nevile Malila has confirmed the murdered police officer is major general Maswanganyi, who has in the past acted as provincial commissioner.

"The wife of the general indicated he left just after 2pm on his way back to Johannesburg where he was cluster commander."

He says his white bakkie was found abandoned at about 6pm.

"The vehicle was open. They found a uniform as well as an appointment certificate in the vehicle."

The canine unit located his body in a field.

"It doesn't look like he sustained any stab or gun wounds. His hands and feet were tied together. The forensic experts are investigating the cause of death."

The motive remains unclear as none of his personal belongings were taken.

Maswanganyi was married and had more than 30 years' experience in the police service.

His family has declined to speak to the media at this stage.