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MEDIA STATEMENT by Crime Line
Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Families of police officers killed in the direct line of duty last year have been presented with donations totaling R2-million.

speakerCrime Line, supported by Lead SA and the SHOUT Foundation, today presented a cheque to the Widows and Orphans Fund for Members of the South African Police Service.

During the ceremony, Crime Line Head, Yusuf Abramjee announced a further R200 000 boost to the fund after the Dischem Foundation came forward with a further pledge. This is in addition to the R100 000 the foundation have already paid in to the fund’s account.

Several families were represented at today’s handover, including the sisters of the late Constable Francis Rasuge.

A total of 39 families of police officers slain in the line of duty last year will receive payments of R40 000 each.

The police leadership was today represented by SAPS Chief Operations Officer, Lieutenant-General Bonang Mgwenya and Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Mzwandile Petros.

They thanked the public for the generous donations.

Lieutenant-General Mgwenya said that the leadership of the police will not keep quiet when one of their own is killed in cold blood: “Let us not forget that the men and women who wear the uniform, wear it with pride and protect us fiercely.”

General Petros who serves on the board of the Widows and Orphans fund say that “this moment is the proudest moment of my life. On behalf of the police I feel very much appreciated.”

picChairperson of the fund General Karel Craemer said he was “most grateful to Crime Line and its partners for the donation. It will go a long way in assisting the families of slain police officers.”

Abramjee said: “We know that money will not bring back your loved ones. However we hope that this small gesture of R40 000 will go a long way in assisting with basic needs. Today, we salute our fallen heroes and heroines. We will continue to support the SAPS if and when we have to. However, we will criticise when we have to.

“When cops are murdered there needs to be a national outcry. Life has become too cheap in South Africa. We need to protect our men and women in blue,” he added.

ceoCEO of Proudly South African, Leslie Sedibe thanked the fallen police heroes: “It is because of your life that we can enjoy our rights.”

Proudly South African also honoured South African business for donating hundreds and thousands of rands to the cause. The top six were rewarded with a Proudly SA gift and included Tim Modise’s Sizwe IT Group, the Dischem Foundation, Investec, the SHOUT Foundation, Vodacom and Rex Diff & Gearbox.

The families of fallen heroes Constable Reservist Busisiwe Mehlwana, Warrant Officer Johan Nortje, Warrant Officer Bhekuyise Mahlalela and Lieutenant-Colonel Marc Ishlove also attended today’s handover.   

Constable Reservist Mehlwana was gunned down in July 2011 during an ATM bombing at a filling station in Pimville, Soweto. Abramjee announced that thanks to the Gauteng Hawks, under the leadership of General Shadrack Sibiya, 8 suspects connected with Mehlwana’s murder is now behind bars, while three of them are dead.

“We know that this can by no means bring back Constable Mehlwana, but we hope it brings some comfort to the family that justice is being done,” said Abramjee.

The money will be paid in to the accounts of the beneficiaries within the next couple of days.

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