Members in blue bury colleague

2015-10-29 06:00
SAD IN BLUE: The Free State provincial commissioner of the South African Police Services (SAPS), Lt.Gen. Thabethe Mpembe, lead members during the funeral of their colleague, Tiisetso Charles Sebatana, who was laid to rest on Saturday (24/10) in Môrel

SAD IN BLUE: The Free State provincial commissioner of the South African Police Services (SAPS), Lt.Gen. Thabethe Mpembe, lead members during the funeral of their colleague, Tiisetso Charles Sebatana, who was laid to rest on Saturday (24/10) in Môrel

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

BOHLOKONG. – Men and women in their blue uniforms of the South African Police Services (SAPS) in the Free State came in numbers to pay their last tribute to their fallen colleague, Tiisetso Charles Sebatana (59), who had died in the Mediclinic Bethlehem a week ago.

Sebatana was laid to rest in the Môrelig Cemetery on Saturday (24/10). His funeral commenced at the Bakenpark Covision Hall and was also attended by the Free State provincial commissioner, Lt.Gen. Thabethe Mpembe, and representatives of other police units.

Apparently, Sebatana died in a hospital a week after he had been admitted, following an accident that took place on the R26 road outside Bohlokong, where his vehicle had collided with another vehicle.

Breaking down in tears at the pulpit, Mpembe said he was saddened by the fact that Sebatana could not have a chance to enjoy his pension as he was reaching retirement time.

“It has never been easy to be a police official. People start to hate you because of the job you do. We leave our homes every day in the morning to report to work, but often we are not sure if we would come back again. Police work is one of the most difficult jobs you can think off,” he said.

Mpembe said they did not condone violence from the police, but they needed the community to appreciate their work.

“Our community hurl abuse against the police. You should know that they are also human beings like everybody else.

“Respect them as they work hard to reduce crime in the Free State.

“Sebatana was one of the intelligent and educated police officers. He equipped himself with education and we would like to see other members developing themself in order to execute their jobs and assist the community.

“The other worrying thing is crime in Bethlehem. I think it is time that the community assists in this regard with patrols,” Mpembe said.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.