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Breakthrough in cop murder case

Two men are behind bars in connection with the murder of major-general Tirhani Maswanganyi.

Major General Tirhani Maswanganyi, whose body was found in a field near Wallmansthal. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder of Gauteng top cop Tirhani Maswanganyi.

He was found murdered in an open field outside Pretoria on 18 June.

The two were arrested on Thursday after Maswanganyi's funeral. They appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates Court the same day.

The case was postponed to the second week of July for a formal bail application and both suspects remain in custody.

The police's Neville Malila said, "We have received many tip-offs through information provided to Crimestop and to Crimeline. The investigation has not been concluded. We urge members of the public to continue providing information."

On Friday, the Police Portfolio Committee described murders of police officials as a direct attack on the state.

In another incident, a 30-year-old police officer was killed in Lwandle in the Western Cape on Tuesday.

The officer was gunned down while he was on his way home.

Two men were later arrested in connection with the murder.

The recent police deaths sparked renewed talks between national law enforcement agencies, aimed at finding measures to curb the attacks on its members.