Slain officer ‘one of a kind’

2012-11-09 00:00

CONSTABLE Vidhur Jadoo’s dedication to his job cost him his life, Pietermaritzburg K9 unit commander Lieutenant-Colonel Brian Oberholzer said at his funeral yesterday.

Paying tribute to his team member, Oberholzer said Jadoo was one of a kind, a person who was passionate about his job and the dogs he worked with.

“Jadoo was a kind-hearted person who gave 100% in performing what was required of him. He was a determined police officer. He had a lot to offer, but dedication to his job cost him his life.”

Oberholzer appealed to his team to be calm and sincere in serving the community, in memory of Jadoo.

He sent a stern warning to the men who murdered Jadoo: “You must hand yourselves over to the police, because you can run but you cannot hide.

“We will catch you and bring you to book. We will leave no stone unturned on this one.”

The Northdale policeman was shot dead on Wednesday while responding to a call about suspected ATM bombers in Howick.

His partner, Warrant Officer Livingston Mpangase, is recovering in a local hospital.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Colonel Henry Budhram of the Pietermaritzburg cluster described Jadoo as a person who never gave up on what he was doing.

“It’s a very sad day for the Pietermaritzburg community to bid farewell to a colleague, husband and a valuable member of the police service, who suddenly died in the line of duty.

“We hope that the perpetrators will be brought to book.”

Community members, family and friends were in tears during the funeral procession.

They spoke of how Jadoo married his wife Ashreena in 2009 and had just bought a house in December 2011.

Jadoo’s former teacher, Pete Jugmohan, said it was his dream to become a police officer.

Speaking on behalf of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega, Major-General Michael Motlale gave a word of motivation to the police.

“Even during these hard times we must make sure that we are proud of the police service, even though some are criticising us. Let us do the good work of policing in memory of our fallen members. Let’s make sure that we bring the criminals to book,” said Motlale.

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