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42-year-old Sergeant Busisiswe Mjwara dies while on a search and rescue mission in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday

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So depressing!! On Sunday, a police diver lost her life while on a search and rescue mission in KwaZulu-Natal.

According to the South African Police Service, she was a  diver assigned to the Pietermaritzburg Search and Rescue police diving team.

Colonel Athlenda Mathe, a police spokeswoman, said: “At around 11:30 on Sunday morning, 42-year-old Sergeant Busisiswe Mjwara was conducting a search in the Msunduzi River for three victims who had drowned earlier in the week when she ran into trouble and perished.”

Colonel Mathe said the member was evacuated to a neighboring hospital but was regrettably proclaimed dead upon arrival.

K9 [police dog] Leah from the Durban Central Search and Rescue unit drowned during the same operation, she added.

“According to sources, Leah was assisting Sergeant Mjwara when she ran into problems herself.”

Another policewoman, Constable Thandazile Sithole, 31, of the Durban Central Police Station, died earlier this week when her home fell on her.

“The floods have impacted at least 30 police officers, with some being hurt and the bulk being displaced when their homes were washed away.”

Mathe said National Commissioner General Fannie Masemola led a delegation of top management from the visible policing and operational service division to the Ethekwini District on Saturday to review the organization’s operational response.

Additional individuals and resources from neighboring provinces’ police search and rescue teams have been enlisted to help with the search and rescue efforts, she added.

“The SAPS Airwing, K9 and police diving teams, as well as front-line officers, have all played a role in the government’s coordinated and determined efforts to boost support for impacted communities.”

General Masemola stated in a statement that the officers died as heroines, putting their nation first.

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