North West police have opened and inquest docket after a body of a police officer was found on the side of the road on Wednesday. The body of 26-year old Constable Thato Makhoana was found along the road in Klippan farm near Slurry outside Mahikeng with what appeared to be gunshot wounds.
North West police spokesperson, Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone, said the last time Makhoana was seen he was on his way to Zeerust. “According to information at our disposal, Makhoana who was stationed in Mmabatho, indicated in the morning on Wednesday, 29 July 2020, that he was on his way to visit his sister in Zeerust.
“A missing person inquiry was ultimately registered at Mahikeng police station after Makhoana failed to either arrive in Zeerust or answer his cell phone. The victim’s vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, was later found torched at Majemantsho village in the policing precinct of Lomanyaneng,”said Mokgwabone.
The police spokesperson added that a 72-hour action plan was implemented to arrest the perpetrators. “Investigation into the matter by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) is underway. The Provincial Commissioner who thanked the Ottoshoop Community Police Forum (CPF) for their cooperation, has mobilised a 72-hour Activation Plan to ensure that perpetrators are brought to book,” he said.
Provincial Police Commissioner of North West, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, condemned the incident and conveyed a message of condolences to the bereaved Makhoana family.