RIP This happened To The Hawks Officer, And His family Didn’t know
Family of slain cop found out about his death on social media
21st Nov 2022
The family of slain Hawks warrant officer Mosekiemang Moalusi found out about his death after seeing a picture of his body on social media — and not from official sources.
Moalusi was shot and killed in Duduza, Ekurhuleni on Wednesday.
Police said he had left his car at a car wash and gone to join his friends at a jazz event nearby.
Upon his return at about 8pm, a suspect was recorded in CCTV camera footage sneaking towards the officer’s car and shooting him multiple times.
Moalusi managed to limp to a nearby house where he told the family that he was shot before he took his last breath.
His family said they were told that the suspect fled the scene with Moalusi’s car, cell phones and service firearm.
His car was later found abandoned in the area.
The officer’s grieving widow, Kenalemang Moalusi, said she received a call from his brother informing her about her husband’s brutal killing. He had seen the news circulating on a social media platform for EMPD officers.
“I still cannot believe that officers could not wait until the family was informed because they know protocol,” she said.
“I don’t understand why they felt the need to be the first ones to break the news before the family was officially informed.”
She said that she and her children are still traumatised by seeing Moalusi’s lifeless body on social media before his colleagues had the opportunity to come and inform the family.
“We are a few minutes from the scene,” she said. “They could have sent someone to inform and prepare us before the news went viral.”
The family was only informed five hours later, after the family called Moalusi’s colleagues to inquire about the incident.
Hawks spokesperson Captain Lloyd Ramovha said they made arrangements with a police chaplain to inform Moalusi’s family that evening.
“Unfortunately we cannot control what happens on social media,” he said. “It is unfortunate that the family found out about the tragedy on social media.”
Moalusi, 59, was one year away from retirement. He had served in the SAPS for 42 years.
He was buried on Saturday, with an official service at his Dunnottar home, in Springs.
Ramovha said that no one has been arrested and investigations are still underway.
Police are urging anyone with information about the suspects and their whereabouts to come forward.
Pictured above: Murdered Mosekiemang Moalusi
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