Col­leagues ‘shocked’ at death of com­mis­sioner

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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

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