Falcon detective’s body found in field


The body of a Falcons detective who went missing while traveling from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal has been found in a field.

Lt. Col. Sikheto Mawila (63) left his home in Tsakane in the Ekurhuleni metro on Saturday to travel to Durban where he works for the Falcons. According to col. Philani Nkwalase, spokesman for the Hawks, Mawila told his family that he would stop at a petrol station in Heidelberg to put in fuel.

“The family became worried an hour later when they could not reach him on his private and official mobile phones. They later reported him as a missing person.”

According to Nkwalase, the police in Tsakane received information on Monday about a body found by a passerby in an open field in Tsakane. The body was positively identified as that of Mawila. He was shot and suffered stab wounds.

A case of murder, kidnapping and hijacking has been registered at the Hlanganani Police Station. No one has been arrested yet.

He was attached to the priority crime investigation directorate in Durban and formed part of the Hawks’ Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) investigative team.

Lt. Gen. Hawks chief Godfrey Lebeya commissioned a multidisciplinary team to investigate the murder and expressed his deepest condolences to Mawila’s family and colleagues.

Mawila was part of the special Falcons team investigating apartheid crimes that served before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).