R 100 000 reward for info about top cop's murder
19 June 2013
Police on Wednesday offered a reward of up to R100 000 for any information about the murder of Johannesburg cluster commander Maj-Gen Tirhani Maswanganyi's.
"We offer a reward of up to R100 000 for any information on the case that might lead to the arrest and successful prosecution of the suspects,” r Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros said on Wednesday.
"We are shocked with the incident and are working around the clock to bring the perpetrators to book. We are following up several leads received from the community."
Maswanganyi was found dead with his hands and feet tied, in a field near Hammanskraal close to the R101 road.
Patrolling police found Maswanganyi's abandoned Isuzu bakkie next to the road on Monday evening. A police uniform and police identification card were in the bakkie, which prompted a search.
Enquiries to the family indicated that the officer left home for work shortly after 2pm on Monday."
Petros said a post mortem was being conducted to determine the cause of death.
Although police on Tuesday said there were no gunshot wounds, it is believed there was a wound on Maswanganyi's chest. Police were not sure what caused it. Maswanganyi's two cellphones were missing. It did not seem like anything else was stolen.
Petros reportedly said he was aware that Maswanganyi had been subpoenaed to testify in court because he had been present during the interrogation, but he was not the key witness.
He added that police did not want to speculate whether Maswanganyi was killed because of his involvement in a murder case.
“He would have been, as a cluster commander, involved in the investigation. We don't want to speculate that this officer was killed because he was involved in the investigation.”
Petros said that Maswanganyi joined the police in 1982 and was a passionate person who contributed immensely towards fighting crime in the province.
A team of detectives under the leadership of the deputy provincial commissioner for detective services, Maj-Gen Tebello Mosikili, and investigators from the provincial investigation unit and organised crime would investigate the murder.
He appealed to the public to come forward with any information they might about the murder.