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Police ministry and SAPS management descend on Port Edward KwaZulu-Natal following murder of SAPS officer and family

Media Statement by the Ministry of Police

As the Police Ministry continues to call for the harshest sentences for the murderers of the country’s police officers, Police Minister, General Bheki Cele and the South African Police Service (SAPS) management led by General Fannie Masemola, will on Tuesday 24 January 2023 visit Port Edward in KwaZulu-Natal, following the murder of Warrant Officer, Roger Mavundla and three family members, including his ten year old daughter.

According to police reports, on the 21st of January 2023, 49-year-old Warrant Officer Mavundla and his wife and children aged between 17 and 10 were ambushed and shot at, while inside their vehicle.  The officer, his wife and two children sustained fatal wounds and died on the scene while a third child is being treated at a local hospital.

The visit to Port Edward will see the provincial SAPS brief the Police Ministry, on the crime patterns in the policing area and interventions in place to deal with violent crime and other contact crimes. The visit will also include a comfort visit to the Mavundla family home.

22 South African Police Service (SAPS) members were killed during July to September 2022.

Members of the media are invited to attend the comfort visit to the bereaved family of slain member, which will unfold as follows.

Date: 24 January 2023

Time: 10:00

Venue: Port Edward SAPS (Meeting point)





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