FALLEN COPS HONOURED

ATTENTION: Officers stand guard at the memorial service at the Union Buildings yesterday for their colleagues who were killed in the line of duty between April last year and March this year. Pic: Peggy Nkomo. 06/09/2009. © Sowetan.
Police officers and families  were gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Sunday 6th September  to remember those killed in the line of duty.  The day, marked as National Commemoration Day was chosen to commemorate policemenwho died on duty.  The  SAPS confirmed that the total number of fallen police officers who were murdered while on duty  in the country was 105. Photo's Peggy Nkomo
ATTENTION: Officers stand guard at the memorial service at the Union Buildings yesterday for their colleagues who were killed in the line of duty between April last year and March this year. Pic: Peggy Nkomo. 06/09/2009. © Sowetan. Police officers and families were gathered at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Sunday 6th September to remember those killed in the line of duty. The day, marked as National Commemoration Day was chosen to commemorate policemenwho died on duty. The SAPS confirmed that the total number of fallen police officers who were murdered while on duty in the country was 105. Photo's Peggy Nkomo

THE police yesterday held their yearly commemoration at the SAPS Memorial at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to honour policemen and women who died on duty.

THE police yesterday held their yearly commemoration at the SAPS Memorial at the Union Buildings in Pretoria to honour policemen and women who died on duty.

A total of 105 officers who died between April 1 last year and March this year were honoured.

About 2000 police officers and 800 family members attended the ceremony.

The roll of honour included members who were murdered on duty and those who died in vehicle collisions or other accidents.

Families and friends could not hold back their tears as they walked through the guard of honour to lay wreaths at the memorial site.

Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa, his deputy Fikile Mbalula, and National Commissioner Bheki Cele were the first to lay the wreaths.

Mthethwa said: "When a police officer dies in the line of duty it is a tragedy . We must reassure their families that we will never forget the men and women who have paid the ultimate price. We share their pain and grief.

"I value the difficult and often dangerous jobs performed by our police. We pay a special tribute not only to those who have died, but also to the men and women who continue to serve and protect our communities."

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