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2022/12/12      |  Written By:  Brigadier A Mathe   |   Province:  Gauteng

SOWETO: 11 December 2022- The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service(SAPS), General Fannie Masemola and his management team have send their condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of a member whose body was recovered this morning in Soweto.

At the time of his death, the off-duty member’s private vehicle was swept away in floods caused by heavy downpours of rain on Friday.

Since then, Search and Rescue (SAR) teams have been hard at work in recovering the member’s body.

36-year-old Warrant Officer Ntsako Pataka was attached to the Division: Protection and Security Services (PSS) where he served as an in-transit VIP Protector. The member had 15 years’ service having joined the organisation in 2007.

The National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Fannie Masemola has thanked the Search and Rescue (SAR) and emergency personnel who worked tirelessly to recover the body of the member.

“This is a tragic ending for us as the SAPS and the family of the member, we were hoping for a positive outcome. We thank all teams involved in this operation for their efforts in finding the body of the deceased member”, said General Fannie Masemola.

To Warrant Officer Ntsako Pataka, the SAPS management salutes  you for choosing to serve your country with diligence and honour. May your soul rest in perfect peace.

In house Psychologist’s and Chaplain’s from the SAPS’ Employee Health and Wellness (EHW) Component have been dispatched to provide psychosocial services to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased member.