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Dead policeman named

A senior officer found dead at his office has been identified as Layton Mzondeki ‘Sean’ Tshabalala.

Lieutenant General Layton Mzondeki ‘Sean’ Tshabalala, who was found dead in his office at the SAPS headquarters in Pretoria on 24 December 2013. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - A senior policeman found dead on Tuesday morning has been identified as Lieutenant General Layton Mzondeki 'Sean' Tshabalala, the South African Police Service (SAPS) confirmed.

The 47-year-old's body was discovered by co-workers in his office at the SAPS headquarters in Pretoria.

The cause of death is still unclear at this stage.

According to a statement issued by police, "Tshabalala passed away during the night."

Police spokesperson Solomon Makgale says he was last seen at the SAPS headquarters on Monday afternoon.

"We are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death."

Tshabalala was the former head of the police's VIP Protection Unit and most recently, was the Divisional Commissioner of the SAPS Inspectorate.

A police delegation visited his family earlier today to inform them of his death.

In the statement, SAPS honoured Tshabalala, who served in the force since 1994.

"Lt Gen. Tshabalala was respected and liked by all. Our thoughts are with his family and close colleagues during this period of mourning."