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Death of a Police Officer

02 February 2014, 20:00

As we mourn  the death of yet another police officer in the line of duty, we must wonder if the South African society is slowly sinking into a vicious circle of violence to which there is no end in sight .

Every one appears to be easily willing to resort to violence, from  a one-on-one punch up in the pub to extremely violent protests about service delivery.

The question to ask instead of playing a blame game, (The police used excessive force and shot a protester; policeman shot by criminals whilst on duty; domestic violence; violence in schools  and on-and-on...) is whether  we as responsible adults is failing to stand up and take responsibility for our own actions or are merely sheep being led around by bullies who thrive on violence .

No death as result of violence is acceptable and to blame police officers who in the execution of duties shoot an armed protester,hell bent on causing havoc cannot be condoned. 

Look at the organisers of such protests and have them also carry the blame when a tragedy occur .I am in no way saying that we should not protest but this should be done in an organised mostly peaceful manner. We have to have a voice, but act responsible.To attack the police who is constitutionally bound to serve and protect our society is just not on .

Comments made on several News 24 articles indicate a clear blurring of the perception of the police and blaming the police for deaths during protests whilst no one else is even considered to be blamed. .Actions have consequences and violence begets violence.

Stand up and be counted - only when we take responsibility for our own actions and have done nothing wrong can we start blaming others for any actions which result in the death of another human being .

The policemen and women are also human and though we wish they could be a cut above the rest, they are also fallible .

To compare the death of a police officer,who is on duty to that of a protester hurling rocks and other objects with the intent to harm and destroy is counter productive.

Stand up and be counted. Take a stand against criminals in our midst and eject them with the contempt they deserve. Respect the law of the country and exercise your rights within the framework of being a responsible adult aware of the consequences of his actions .

We need the thin blue line and need to respect them to avoid total anarchy and a free reign of criminality .

"A policeman was killed last night" 

A policeman was killed last night.

He died while protecting your rights.

His creed was to protect and serve.

This fate he didn't deserve.

A mom and dad have lost a son.

So many other jobs he could've done.

His wife and kids are left alone.

Their daddy won't be coming home.

His fellow officers are hurt so deep.

For a fallen brother they weep.

The morning paper will print a story.

About a policeman who died in glory.

The flags will fly at half mast.

Politicians and citizens will seem sad.

The funeral is tomorrow at noon.

It will all be over very soon.

By next week they will have forgot.

That a policeman was killed last night.

Jim Cole

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