KZN floods: Pietermaritzburg search and rescue policeman dies while on duty

Pietermaritzburg Police Search and Rescue Officer Sergeant Busi Mjwara drowned on Sunday while searching for flood victims at the Henley Dam.

Durban SAPS K9 police dog Leah also drowned.

Sources at the scene told the witness that Mjwara and his colleagues have in recent days searched for bodies at the Henley Dam in Pietermaritzburg after a car was taken there.

The sources said Mjwara was airlifted from the scene to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Mjwara, who is well known in the Midlands region, is said to be the only female search and rescue officer in Pietermaritzburg.

National police spokesman Colonel Althlenda Mathe said SAPS will issue a statement soon.

Meanwhile, many people have taken to Facebook and WhatsApp to post their messages of condolence.

Colleagues and friends have shared messages and photos of the deceased officer, describing her as a brave, dedicated and well-known officer and mother.

Mi7’s Brandon Drinkwater also offered his condolences to Mjwara’s friends, colleagues and family.

“At Mi7, we would like to express our sincere condolences to his family, his children, as well as his search and rescue colleagues.

“Sadly, I can’t say much about what happened, but we are all saddened by his tragic loss,” Drinkwater said.

Emer-G-Med also expressed its sincere condolences to the SAPS search and rescue team following the tragic news that two of its members were killed in the line of duty on Sunday.

“Sergeant Mjwara and K9 Officer Leah made the ultimate sacrifice to the republic during rescue operations in flood-stricken Kwazulu-Natal.

“Thank you to the members for your service both human and K9. Our thoughts are with your colleagues and loved ones,” Emer-G-Med said.