Hundreds of Parents, Spouses, children, grand parents,grand children and relatives of police officers killed last year were in Pretoria yesterday given a memorial service to commemorate their lives.
The mourners, from across the country, gathered at the Union Buildings, where Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa paid his respects to the 72 officers killed, 40 of them in the line of duty.Many of the mourners were inconsolable.
Deputy President’s intentions were that the sacrifice of those killed would be “remembered and etched in the hearts of all of us in South Africa”
Offering his condolences , acting national police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, said: “I t is inevitable that you will face trauma. We view police work as a calling.”
Ramaphosa called for continued community assistance in catching cop killers.
Two men last week got life imprisonment for killing Lieutenant-Colonel Knox Chauke two years ago. Police through a tip-off, arrested two men who allegedly stabbed Bloemfontein constable Johannes Putsoeli to death in February.