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By unknown | Dec 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Mfundekelwa Mkhulisi

Pretty Likojang, in her mourning black dress, sat quietly at one of the tables at the Christmas function held at the Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg, yesterday.

She is a police widow.

Next to her were her four-year-old twin sons. Her husband, Sergeant Solomon Likojang, who was based at Protea police station, was a member of the crime intelligence unit. He was killed in Zola on October 29 while pursuing a suspected stolen car.

She lives in Protea Glen, Soweto, and was part of the yearly Angels in Blue party for widows and orphans of policemen who died in the line of duty.

"He left home for work but did not return," Likojang recalled.

She said she was still trying to come to terms with her his death.

"I lost a loving and caring husband and his loss left a void in my life," she said, wiping away tears.

She said this Christmas would be the first in a long time without her husband and thanked the SAPS and the public for supporting them.

"Though gifts would not bring him back, it makes one feel a little better."

Alvine Magaskill, manager of Rosebank Mall, said the campaign started eight years ago where customers were asked to donate whatever they could to the Angels in Blue fund.

"Judging by the positive response from the public, it shows they are behind the police," she said.

Magaskill said police were doing a good job under difficult circumstances.

Gauteng police commissioner Perumal Naidoo said: "We thank the mall management for their caring and sharing attitude. You need to be commended for putting a smile on the orphans and widows of our members."

Lehlohonolo Moeti, 16, of Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, said he was happy to share Christmas presents with other orphans.

"My father was a very nice man. I miss the ice-cream he used to buy for us."


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