Police, family, friends and the community at large bid farewell to slain Detective Sergeant Mpfariseni Hamilton Nemahadani who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

The 44-year-old was laid to rest at his home village in Vleifontein, Limpopo. The National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Fannie Masemola officiated the funeral. He was accompanied by Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe and SAPS senior management. He was killed during the business robbery incident at Tsianda village last week. 

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“Just like the Nemahadani family, the police are totally devastated by the passing of our colleague,” said National Commissioner General Fannie Masemola. 

“Detective Sergeant Nemahadani took great pleasure in his work and always ensured he gave it 100% at all times. He never tolerated any criminality. Because he understood the oath he took that he would serve and protect all people in South Africa.

“As evidenced by the events that led to his tragic demise, Detective Sergeant Nemahadani was dedicated to serving his country through his skills by ensuring he enforces law and order,” he said. 

Community at large bid farewell to slain Detective Sergeant Mpfariseni Hamilton Nemahadani
National Commissioner General Fannie Masemola. 


“In performing his duties, the Detective Sergeant was always guided by the needs of the community and exercised the powers conferred upon Police Officers in a responsible and controlled manner, which is in line with the SAPS Code of Conduct.”

General Masemola also assured the family that the police were working around the clock to apprehend the remaining suspect.  

“We have mobilised maximum resources to track the suspect who escaped and will not rest until he is caught. We will be speaking with our colleagues at the National Prosecuting Authority that once Caiphus is caught. Should he and his accomplice apply for bail, the state must oppose bail. We need to understand that an attack on a Police Officer is an attack on the authority of the State,” added General Fannie Masemola.

General Masemola vowed that the police would not be deterred in their quest to fight crime. 

“The increase in the killings of Police Officers whether on or off duty, demonstrates the level of desperation of criminals. To remove any obstacle that is in the way of their criminal intent. Yet, as the SAPS, we cannot afford to lose the fight against crime. Especially because we are the first line of defence when criminals threaten the safety of citizens.

“To keep the legacy of our fallen hero alive, I call upon all Police Officers to ensure that Sergeant Mpfariseni Hamilton Nemahadani’s death is not in vain. We must remain steadfast in our resolve to rid criminals from our communities. Put them behind bars where they belong.”