South African police officer found dead with gunshot wound to head

South African police officer found dead with gunshot wound to head

A Northern Cape police officer has been found dead with gun shot wound to the head.

The 49-year-old police captain Mario Brand was found dead with a gunshot wound to his head in Okiep last weekend.

According to police spokesperson Colonel Mashay Gamieldien, the body of Brand was found on Saturday, 26 February 2022 at approximately 19:45 in Okiep.

“The police in Okiep is Investigating an inquest case.”

“No foul play is suspected, and police investigations are continuing.”

Friends, colleagues and family posted heartfelt messages about Brand:

According to reports, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) said it is also investigating the shooting.

Meanwhile, the Independent Policing Union of South Africa (Ipusa) has called on all SAPS management to intervene and address the situation to help curb the rise of suicides in the service.

In a statement, the organization has implied that police suicides are the product of SAPS management’s failure to proactively deal with members mental health problems.

According to Ipusa, the Employee Health and Wellness program (EHW) is battling the fight against police members’ mental health problems.