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A 42-year-old Sergeant Busisiswe Mjwara was conducting a search in the Msunduzi river on Sunday for three victims that had drowned earlier in the week when she got into difficulty and drowned. The member was airlifted to a nearby hospital but was sadly declared dead on arrival.
Colonel Athlenda Mathe said during the same operation, K9 Leah from the Durban Central Search and Rescue (SAR) unit also drowned. “According to reports, Leah was attempting to assist Sergeant Mjwara when she also experienced difficulties.”
Mathe added that the third member, 31-year-old Constable Thandazile Sithole who was attached to the Durban Central Police Station, died when her home collapsed on her earlier this week.
“At least thirty police officers have been affected by the floods with some injured and the majority displaced after their homes were washed away.”
The National Police Commissioner General Fannie Masemola said these members died heroines, putting their country first. “My heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of the two members, K9 Leah and those members who have lost their loved ones”.