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News: Provincial Commissioner saddened by alleged murder of a police officer

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner of North West

POTCHEFSTROOM: The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena is saddened by the alleged killing of a 41-year-old police Sergeant, Martha Mamoitoyi Bouwer who was stationed in Kanana in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District.  

Bouwer’s body was discovered yesterday at approximately 19:50 at her house in Extension 14, Kanana outside Klerksdorp. The gruesome discovery was made by Bouwer’s colleagues who went to look for her after she failed to report for duty in the morning.  The victim’s body was found in a pool of blood with multiple injuries after the police broke the door to gain entry. According to information available at this stage, reports suggest that Bouwer was last seen with her ex-boyfriend who took their minor child to their aunt who was apparently told that the victim did not feel well. 

Preliminary investigation revealed that the victim’s Toyota Corolla vehicle is missing. A manhunt has been launched and police request anyone who may have information that can assist in tracking the suspect/s, to contact the Investigating Officer, Warrant Officer Piet Vermeulen on 079 881 9933. Anonymous tip-offs can be communicated via MySAPS App or by calling Crime Stop on 08600 10111. 

The Provincial Commissioner who has since mobilised the 72-hour Activation plan in an effort to track those responsible for the crime, conveyed his condolences to the family. He said further that killing of law enforcement officers whether on or off-duty, undermines the authority of the State which cannot be tolerated.   

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) is investigating the case. 


Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone
082 496 9642




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