RESERVIST STABBING PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON GAUTENG COP KILLINGS

Kate Lorimer

DA Gauteng Spokesperson on Community Safety

There has been a dramatic increase in murders of police officials over the past three years, from 21 in 2008/09 to 33 last year. Police Reservist De Villiers Ramatsitsi’s death was the second such incident in Gauteng last week.

I knew De Villier’s personally and would like to offer sincere condolences to the family of De Villiers, who was stabbed in the line of duty last week.

He was extremely dedicated to his community, the South African Police Service (SAPS) and to the wellbeing of, particularly, reservists. He was at the forefront of efforts to ensure that reservists were treated fairly. One of his greatest ambitions was to become a fulltime member of the SAPS.

De Villiers selflessly gave all his time and energy, without reward or remuneration, to protecting his community. His family should be proud. We wish them strength through these difficult times.

I hope that Provincial Police Commissioner Mzwandile Petros will ensure that the funeral costs are taken care of and that any insurance payouts are made timeously to his family.

I will be submitting questions to Community Safety MEC Faith Mazibuko requesting information on her department’s strategy to curb police killings across the province.

The MEC and provincial police must ensure that every possible measure is put in place to protect police officers who place their own lives in danger to protect the well-being and safety of Gauteng and its people.

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