21 April 2019


MEC Motlhabane honours fallen police heroes


Rebaone Moeng


23 September 2016

Department of Community Safety and Transport Management MEC, Dr Mpho Mokgantshang Motlhabane honoured fallen heroes of Bokone Bophirima's South African Police Service (SAPS) on Sunday.

The ceremony, held at the SAPS provincial head office in Potchefstroom, is meant to remember police officials who died in the line of duty.

The commemoration of the fallen heroes of the SAPS is held annually across the country. Bokone Bophirima honoured four particular heroes this year: Warrant Officer Mathe, Sergeant Jonathan, Constable Mokotedi and Constable Tlhoale, who all lost their lives while on duty during the 2015/16 financial year.

MEC Motlhabane raised concern about the increasing number of police killings across the country.

"Government condemns the police killings and we are committed to supporting hardworking police men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect us," said Motlhabane.

The MEC conveyed a message of condolences to the families of the four fallen officers. "May their souls rest in peace, and to their families... we pray that you heal and gain strength as you rebuild your lives. May you all find comfort in the knowledge that millions of us truly value your loved ones and the service that they rendered with distinction to the nation," he said.

Bokone Bophirima's SAPS Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, pleaded with the community to assist in fighting crime together with government.

"We urge you to join us in the fight against crime, but most importantly, in the quest to decrease the number of officers that lose their lives at the hands of criminals. Support us and unite with us as we face difficult situations daily in an endeavour to ensure that our communities feel safe," she said.

Provincial Commissioner Motswenyane further requested men and women in blue to practice safety measures at all times.

"September is Police Safety Month and I would like to call upon all of us to adhere to safety measures and be alert of the circumstances around us during our tour of duty, be vigilant at all times. Let us adhere to our SAPS Standing Orders and National Instructions pertaining to safety. Safety begins with you," she concluded.