Potchefstroom: In remembrance of the South African Police Service (SAPS) members who died in the line of duty in the province during the 2017/2018 financial year, a Commemoration Service was held today, 21 October 2018 at Provincial Head Office, Potchefstroom.
The service was graced by the presence of MEC for Community Safety and Transport Management, DrMphoMotlhabane, North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General BaileMotswenyane, SAPS employees in the province, families of the fallen heroes and heroines, Community Police Forum (CPF) representatives and the broader community.
In her welcoming remarks, the Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Baile said that while our hearts are heavy for having lost these gallant servants, it is only proper in situations like this to give praise to the Almighty for having carried us until today. “We are making a clarion call to our communities that it is only through collaborative and consultative effort that we will effectively deal with acts of criminality and ensure that our law abiding citizens are and feel safe. We encourage and call upon all our members to adhere to safety measures and to be vigilant at all times when responding to crime scenes and complaints,” she said.
Upon delivering his message, the MEC (Dr) Motlhabane said that as a country we are ordered to observe a moment of silence as a sign of respect and pay tribute to the fallen men and women in blue. He said further that we must work together; the police and communities. “That way, we will definitely ensure that attacks and murders of police officials are condemned. As a nation we must boldly deal with this phenomenon brutally. We must not tolerate the killing of any police official. If such incidents occur, it is also important that we join hands to ensure that those who perpetrate such evil deeds are brought to book. Those who undermine the authority of the state, must be dealt with without fear nor favour,” the MEC said.
As part of paying tribute to the fallen members, the MEC, Provincial Commissioner and the fallen heroes’ family members laid wreaths at the Memorial Site.
Source: South African Police Service