Fitting farewell for slain Somerset West cop

2015-08-07 17:06
A packed church for the funeral of WO Petrus Holz. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

A packed church for the funeral of WO Petrus Holz. (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Cape Town - A police cap and a South African flag fittingly lay atop the coffin of Warrant Officer Petrus Holz, whose funeral service took place in Somerset West on Friday.

Holz, 50, was stabbed to death on the N2 near the Makhaza turn-off last week while changing a tyre.

He had been on his way to work and was driving an unmarked car.

The father of two, described as a hardworking and committed member of the commercial crimes unit of the Hawks, had been a police officer for 23 years.

Police officers in full uniform from both the SAPS and Metro Police sat among the family and loved ones at the NG Kerk Hottentots-Holland in Somerset West.

"He didn’t deserve this," a mourner said tearfully.

"He shouldn't be lying there right now."

Straightforward person

Holz's brother Chris, in a tribute described him as a straightforward person who said things as he saw them.

"He was our son, our uncle, our big brother," he told the mourners, speaking in Afrikaans.

"His language was usually a bit crass, but always descriptive. We aren't able to repeat [in church] most of the things he said," he joked.

"Brother, you were stubborn, but that is what defined you."

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu and provincial police commissioner Major General Thembisile Patekile were among the top brass at the service.

Two men appeared in the Somerset West Magistrate's Court last week in connection with Holz's murder. Both have reportedly abandoned their bail applications.

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