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News: Death robs Gauteng police of one of SAPS’ finest and seasoned senior officers, Major General Theko Pharasi

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng

PARKTOWN - Men and women in blue on Monday morning, 29 June 2020, woke up to the shocking announcement of the passing away of one of Gauteng's finest senior and seasoned police officers, Major General Theko Johannes Pharasi following a short illness.

General Pharasi (59) was the Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Visible Policing in Gauteng and served the organisation diligently and with distinction for almost 40 years since 1980 when he joined the South African Police Service as a Constable, and moved up the ranks to Major General, a rank he held since April 2010 until his passing. Equipped with his academic qualifications, medals and experience, General Pharasi occupied different positions in different police stations in Gauteng Province, especially in the Johannesburg District and these include Dobsonville, Orlando, Randfontein, Randburg, Johannesburg Central, Johannesburg East, and Alexandra. He then rose up the ranks to what is formerly known as Area Commissioner of Johannesburg, then Deputy Provincial Commissioner of Visible Policing, and Cluster Commander of Johannesburg West. Major General Pharasi was re-appointed in February 2019 into the position of Deputy Provincial Commissioner of Visible Policing and he served in the position until his sudden death.

The Provincial Commissioner of police in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has taken this opportunity to pay tribute to the late Major General Theko Johannes Pharasi. "General Pharasi departs at a time when his intellect, passion, commitment, professionalism and assertiveness are most needed as security forces strive to maintain a balance between crime prevention and enforcing the COVID-19 Disaster Management Regulations," said General Mawela, lamenting the sudden vacuum in the leadership of Gauteng SAPS created by Pharasi's death.

General Theko Pharasi was set to retire from the Service at age 60 in November this year.

On behalf of the management of the SAPS in Gauteng, Lieutenant General Mawela has extended condolences to Mme Idah Pharasi, his children, the extended family and everyone who worked closely with the late General.


Brigadier Mathapelo Peters
076 065 6502




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