Police ministry urges detectives to pursue all available avenues to find killers of Port Edward saps member and his family

Following the visit to the bereaved family of slain South African Police Service(SAPS) member Warrant Officer, Roger Mavundla and three of his family members, the Ministry of Police has called on the detective team assigned to investigate the multiple shooting to work with agility to find the killers.

Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, Deputy Minister of Police, Cassel Mathale and the SAPS management led by General Fannie Masemola, on Tuesday 24 January 2023, descended on Port Edward in KwaZulu-Natal. The visit comes as the SAPS mourns the loss of one of their own who was gunned down with his family just meters away from their family home.

Warrant Officer Mavundla and his fiancé Khanyisile Mthulisi aged 39, their children Siyamthanda Mthulisi 10 and 17-year-old Thando Mavundla all succumbed to their injuries.

Seven year old Simthandile Mthulisi, the sole survivor of the incident, is in a critical condition in hospital.

While the motive is yet to be confirmed, investigators from the Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigations (DPCI) are following-up on leads with the aim to find and prosecute the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

The 49-year-old Warrant Officer has been described by his colleagues and many in the community as a respected and dedicated public servant.

Minister Cele, has assured the bereaved family and community at large that this crime will not go unpunished.

“While we are aware that policing is a dangerous job, it is very shocking and truly disturbing that an officer who has been described as a good man dedicated to his work, is killed along with his young family so brutally. Our thoughts and prayers are with the young girl who is fighting for her life in hospital and hope she recovers from this tragedy. Ours as law enforcement is to ensure a thorough job is done during the investigative work and the results can bring the affected families the community and the nation, some closure.” Cele ended.

Warrant Officer Mavundla and his family will be laid to rest on the weekend.

Source: South African Police Service

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