Top cop Tshabalala dies

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Johannesburg - The police inspectorate's divisional commissioner, Lt-Gen Layton Mzondeki (Sean) Tshabalala, 47, has died, the police said on Tuesday.

“His invaluable contribution to effective and efficient service delivery within the SA Police Service (SAPS) during the past 19 years, as well as his loyalty, leadership and commitment to the SAPS will be remembered and honoured for many years more,” said national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

Tshabalala died on Monday night.

“He will be deeply missed by SAPS management, his colleagues and the members who have served under his leadership,” said Phiyega.

Tshabalala was born in Soweto on January 9, 1966.

He joined the police on April 1, 1994, and held the ranks of lieutenant and captain while attached to the presidential unit between 1994 and 1996, and was responsible for the operational security planning of the unit.

In 2000, he was appointed as the head of major events planning with the rank of superintendent (now lieutenant-colonel), and in 2001 he was appointed to the rank of director (now brigadier) in the former VIP protection and static protection unit.

In 2002, he was appointed as the divisional commissioner of protection and security services, and in 2010 as divisional commissioner of technology management services. In 2012, he was laterally appointed as the divisional commissioner of the inspectorate.


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