The SA Police Service in the Eastern Cape mourns the loss of police officials who died in separate incidents over the past few days in the Province. The SAPS Management in the Eastern Cape expressed their deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of our deceased colleagues. “Our hearts are with their loved ones and colleagues during this difficult time”, said Lt General Celiwe Binta.
It is alleged that on 27 December 2014 at about 21:00, Captain Bhekisisa Maphanga, 49 years old, was off duty when he drove a private vehicle in Addo Road, Motherwell, Port Elizabeth. It is alleged that he parked the vehicle on a yellow lane, disembarked and crossed the road and he was hit by an oncoming vehicle. The driver of the Ford Icon, a 51 year old male alleges that the deceased suddenly ran out in front of his vehicle and the accident was un-avoidable. Captain Maphanga later passed away at a hospital in Port Elizabeth, due to the injuries he sustained. Capt Maphanga was attached to Mount Road SAPS. A case of Culpable Homicide has been opened and is being investigated
In another tragic incident, it is alleged that a 28-year-old off-duty SAPS member attached to Motherwell Tactical Response Team (TRT) was found fatally wounded at his place of residence in Motherwell, Port Elizabeth this morning at about 08:20. Constable Lukholo Nyangani was with a female companion at the time, who is not a SAPS member. Both were found with bullet wounds to the upper body. At this stage, it is not wise to speculate about the cause of the shooting as all avenues and possibilities are being investigated.
“It is sad that at this time of the year families must mourn the death of their loved ones and the SAPS will provide all the support possible to the bereaved families. A loss of an SAPS member is not only an organisational set-back for the SAPS but a loss to the nation as well”, concluded Lt General Celiwe Binta.
Source : South African Police Service