President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country will never forget those who gave up their lives in service.
He was paying tribute to 34 police officers who died in the line of duty.
He urged families to remember they served with honour and distinction.
“They were colleagues, sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, loving fathers, caring mothers, neighbours and friends.
“They are and will continue to be deeply missed,” Ramaphosa said.
Ramaphosa said selflessness is at the centre of every police officer’s calling.
“The passing of these heroes and heroines in the line of duty must sharpen the resolve of those who remain in the police service to proudly and bravely continue the noble cause to guarantee the safety and security of all South Africans.”
Ramaphosa said he understands their colleagues will be angry, but he’s urging them to use that anger for good.
“Quite understandably, some of us here may still be angry and hurt by the manner in which our loved ones perished.
“I want to urge everyone today that in the memory of our departed loved ones, let us transform that anger and hurt into a sense of determination to jointly rid our streets of all forms of crime,” the president said.
“To all our men and women in blue, I call on you to honour your departed colleagues by remaining vigilant at all times and ensuring that no police officer dies at the hands of criminals.”
The Peace, Safety & Security Ambassador @Nhlanhla_Sizani honors and extends his utmost respect to the fallen heroes and heroines who died in the line of duty #SAPSMemorial. “There can be no greater sacrifice and we salute them” #FinalSalute #SAPS #SAPSCommemorationDay pic.twitter.com/80BqMmL68q
— United Nations Security Council (@UN_SecurityCSA) September 5, 2021
“Today we salute all who work in the @SAPoliceService, putting the safety and security of their fellow citizens above their own. There can be no greater sacrifice. Yours is indeed a difficult calling that demands selflessness.”
— ATHI GELEBA 🇿🇦 (@AthiGeleba) September 5, 2021
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