ILL-FATED COPS MOURNED
The Nazarene hall in Thulamahashe near Bushbuckridge was packed to capacity by family, relatives and colleagues who had come to pay their last respects to two top police officials who shot each other dead on Tuesday.
The service was for Mhala police station commissioner, Senior Superintendent Khazamula Freddy Baloyi, 50, and the station's head of investigations, Superintendent Boy Alfred Dlamini, 53.
Baloyi's family came all the way from Giyani, while the Dlamini's were from Bushbuckridge.
Captain David Hlatshwayo, who was the programme director, requested all to accept that death had taken place and that both families had lost their loved ones.
Baloyi's brother, Sikheto Basil Baloyi, a manager in the Limpopo department of public works in the Mopani district, told mourners that his family had accepted what had happened.
"We have to accept death. We don't blame anyone for what happened. God knows his own plans," Baloyi said.
He described his late brother as a quiet person who left a legacy in the family as well as at his workplace.
"Let us all be united and allow the process to pass. God shall be with us," said Baloyi.
Moses Mathebula, chairman of the community policing forum, asked the dead men's colleagues to be united.
Inspector Nyiko Maluleke, who represented Popcru, said the organisation was proud of the two men because they respected the needs of the people as well as those of their colleagues.
"They had good leadership qualities," Maluleke said. "When the incident happened the Mhala police station was among the top five best stations in the province."
Theo Mnisi, a Mhala magistrate, told mourners that he found Inspector Louis Machavi, a court orderly, sitting on the bench with his palm under the chin.
"I joked with him saying he was tired though it was still in the morning. But I got the shock of my life when he told me about the deaths."
Abigail, Mercy and Nhlamulo, three of Baloyi's six children, sat quietly in the corner of the hall listening to speakers paying tribute to their father.