Colleagues ‘shocked’ at death of commissioner
THE DEATH of the police inspectorate’s divisional commissioner, Lieutenant-General Layton Mzondeki (Sean) Tshabalala, came as a shock, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said.
“I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the late General Tshabalala. His sudden passing has left us in shock…”, the minister said in a statement.
“He was one of our dedicated and senior officers who served the SAPS with excellence. May his soul rest in peace. He will be sorely missed.”
Tshabalala, 47, was found dead in his office at police headquarters in Pretoria on Tuesday.
Police said he died on Monday night. An investigation has been launched.
According to Beeld newspaper, the possibility that he had committed suicide was being investigated.
“What becomes important to all of us as members of the SAPS is to ensure that we continue to carry through the conviction that General Tshabalala stood for,” Mthethwa said.
Tshabalala joined the police on April 1, 1994. He held the ranks of lieutenant and captain in the presidential unit between 1994 and 1996, and was responsible for the operational security planning of that unit.
In 2000, he became head of major events planning, with the rank of superintendent, and in 2001 director in the police’s former VIP protection and static protection unit.
In 2002 he was appointed divisional commissioner of protection and security services, and in 2010 divisional commissioner of technology management services.
In 2012, Tshabalala was appointed the inspectorate’s divisional commissioner. – Sapa