Reservist hero died 'with a smile on his face'

2011-06-17 08:45

Johannesburg – Four years ago he was grateful that hijackers missed when shooting him and that he could shoot two of them.

On Wednesday, criminals shot dead this police reservist hero, but he died with "a smile" on his face.

"When I got to him, he was smiling…had a grin on his face," said reservist constable Cliff Bond from the Honeydew police station on Thursday about the death of his commander, lieutenant colonel Marc Ishlove, 60, after a gunfight in Northcliff, Johannesburg, on Wednesday.

Ishlove and two criminals died in Wednesday’s gunfight after police noticed a suspicious Mercedes-Benz in Northcliff which sped away. Five suspects tried to flee on foot. One was caught at Northcliff Primary School, another committed suicide at a house nearby and another of the suspects and Ishlove died in a gunfight.

Another policeman, a warrant officer whose name was not yet made public, was shot in the right arm and was in a stable condition in hospital.

Ishlove made the front pages of newspapers in November 2007 when he saved Dr Elmarie Wypkema, a Wilgeheuwel Hospital gynaecologist, from being hijacked.

Wypkema stopped at Fir Drive shopping centre during her lunch hour to pick someone up, when two hijackers wanted to steal her Porsche Carrera.

Ishlove, then still a captain in the reservist force, sat at the Dam-a-tra restaurant and saw how the hijackers attacked Wypkema.

He shot dead one hijacker while he was sitting on Wypkema, demanding her ring, and shot the other who was behind the steering wheel.

At the time, he said he was lucky that the hijackers missed when they shot at him and that he didn’t miss.

Bond described Ishlove on Thursday as an experienced marksman who "played an inspired role among reservists and police members in the development of marksmanship as sport".

“We had talked a lot about death. I don't think he would have wanted to die without a fight. In the fight against criminals, you rather want to die while fighting back," said Bond.

Bond and Ishlove had been good friends and colleagues over the past six years.

Ishlove in 2008 was a finalist for the Debis award for hero of the year.

Bond informed Ishlove's two daughters, Marcia and Juliet, who lived overseas and were in their 30s, of their father's death on Wednesday night around midnight. They were expected back in the country soon.

Police spokesperson lieutenant colonel Lungelo Dlamini said on Thursday that the three suspects were expected to appear in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court on Monday.


  • 1gascan - 2011-06-17 08:49

    RIP Marc, you are a true hero and served your country well! Condolences to the family. I wish there were many more like you out there...

  • DJI - 2011-06-17 08:50


  • Cynthia - 2011-06-17 08:52

    Why o why do heroes like this have to die!!!! This man did everything in his power to prevent crime! Why cant the SAPS members ALL be like this! R.I.P. and thank you for your dedication to the fight against crime!

      abel-konstabel - 2011-06-17 09:10

      Cynthia there are more good cops in SA than you me :)

      Frungy - 2011-06-17 11:28

      RIP. I don't mean to sound sour, but this guy sounds like a hero, a leader, and an all-around nice guy... so why was he just a reservist? I mean isn't this the sort of amazing person who should have been near the top of the command structure inspiring people and making policy decisions rather than someone who has no clue about what's going on? Was it simply because he was white?

      abel-konstabel - 2011-06-17 14:01

      @Frungy..there is a simple answer to your question. Lt. Col. Marc Ishlove was probably older than 34 when he decided to be a reservist and therefore did not qualify to be a permanent member, because of his age, or has another job and chose to be a reservist on his spare time. It is not uncommon for a person to be a tow truck driver or fireman and a police reservist.

      Khoisan X - 2011-06-17 14:47

      I salute you Lt are my hero Frungy, did you have to go there? abel-konstabel, thanks for the service to the nation

  • scott - 2011-06-17 09:02

    dealth penalty for cop killers, simple.

      bailey.bubblesqueak - 2011-06-17 10:20

      Death Penalty for any killer...

      Louis III - 2011-06-17 11:22

      Yes scott, but the weapon used was a former govt issue firearm (on TV last night) that was "stolen". Or was it lost? Or just sold? Guess we'll never know. Anyway, RIP Marc.

  • kalabafazi - 2011-06-17 09:05

    I salute you Colonel Ishlove.

      abel-konstabel - 2011-06-17 14:02

      Lt. Col.

  • leroux20 - 2011-06-17 09:07

    dealth penalty for ALL killers, simple.

      Wes - 2011-06-17 10:19

      Are you sure you want the ANC to have the death penalty? Imagine Ju Ju in charge of your life or death. *shudder*

  • Brownskin - 2011-06-17 09:08

    I salute him, may his soul rest.

  • sardick.davids - 2011-06-17 09:13

    RIP Colonel, you and your experience will be sorely missed.A HERO HAS FALLEN but will never be forgotten.

  • Mona Sleeza - 2011-06-17 09:13

    I salute you Marc, RIP as a hero!

  • bukiwe mahanjana - 2011-06-17 09:14

    May his soul rest in Peace

  • Thor - 2011-06-17 09:15

    a hero and example to us all. Unfortunately we need much more of him especially in the years to come.

  • Mishka - 2011-06-17 09:15

    It is sad always, and even sadder when you read about the more personal aspects of the persons life. Go easy Sir, you should prove an inspiration to the many who like you, are dedicated to doing their bit to rid this country of the crime. Condolences to family and friends.

  • Tommy Geyer - 2011-06-17 09:21

    Bring back HARD LABOUR for the hard crimes!

      michaelx - 2011-06-17 09:29


      grs911 - 2011-06-17 09:34

      Tommy, this is the best suggestion I've heard for a long time. It seems that criminals are not scared of death, but a LIFE sentence of EXHAUSTINGLY HARD LABOUR could be an excellent deterrent.

  • Slingervel - 2011-06-17 09:25

    This is what happens when the rights of criminals are more important than those like Marc Ishlove. I hope thosse killers all die a slow, painful death in prison!

  • GH - 2011-06-17 09:26

    Mr Ishlove has inspired me to also learn to shoot & not just be a victim. Thank you.

  • user_24 - 2011-06-17 09:35

    A wise man said "The only thing needed for Evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing" Marc you were a Good man my your soul rest in peace and may your death not be in vain, but an example to others to learn from.

  • Kim - 2011-06-17 09:37

    RIP, may your soul rest in peace.

  • CraigColinRoyMcLeod - 2011-06-17 09:38

    A true hero, my condolences to the officers family and colleagues.

  • FoodForensic - 2011-06-17 09:40

    Marc...It was a honour and a privilege to have had you as a buddy and a friend and to have worked with you as dedicated reservists for so many years ..NOT as " weekend warriors" as so many people and uniformed members seem to refer to us reservists,as. RIP dear friend. The SAPS have lost another true gentleman and member. Pictures taken in life may fade with age, memories last a life time. As is said... AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN AND IN THE MORNING, WE SHALL REMEMBER THEM"....Especially those that make the ultimate sacrifice, for NO REWARD or PAYMENT. So to those that call us "WEEKEND WARRIORS ,ETC". Time you realised we gave of our lives to protect you all for FREE and for GRATIS.... NEVER FORGET THIS AND THESE WORDS... YOUR SAFETY.. FOR FREE AND FOR GRATIS...WE GIVE UP OUR LIVES.

      grs911 - 2011-06-17 09:58

      Well said, and a BIG thank you to you guys !

      Localguy - 2011-06-17 10:17

      Well said.I was also a reservist for 6 years in CT.No recognition what so ever.Another reason why i left-criminals have way too much rights.Sad to have this passion and not be able to utilize.R.I.P Marc.YOU ARE A HERO.

      Mishka - 2011-06-17 10:33

      FoodForensic - to you and those like you, a sincere thank you. I had not had any dealings with any Reservist until December last year, when in the early hours of the morning, my husband and I were confronted by uninvited guests in our bedroom. The action of the SAPS was swift and extremely effective, and within less than an hour all three of these gentlemen were apprehended. The care the SAPS (one of the four at the house was a Reservist) showed to us both was overwhelming, and I am forever grateful to them for making me feel human again, after such a horridly dehumanizing experience. Strength to all those who give so much, with so little, and often nothing, in return. Our sincere thanks, and again, condolences to the family and friends of Marc.

  • Mart - 2011-06-17 09:44

    Real and law-abiding South Africans are united in our salute to you, Lieutenant Colonel Marc Ishlove. May your actions on the fateful day motivate us all to recognise that criminals are our #1 enemy and that .... "Dulce et Decorum est pro Patria Mori"(Latin) - It is sweet and becoming to die for one's country. R.I.P. Sir.

  • lollie sue - 2011-06-17 09:46

    RIP, Hero, condolences to the family.

  • CPII - 2011-06-17 09:47

    Yeah; RIP officer. I'm not a reservist but a licensed gun owner. Will dish out the same medicine you have when confronted by the scum infesting our beautiful land.

  • Cyril - 2011-06-17 09:47

    Bond, Ishlove. Sound like actors in a Movie. This is not a movie. Stop trying to be heroes and you wont get killed!!!

      CPII - 2011-06-17 09:55

      I hope you read what I said just before they deleted my post you miserable asswipe

      Policepara - 2011-06-20 09:41

      How about you GFYHR!!!

  • Guia - 2011-06-17 09:48

    For those of us that knew him, it is truly a great loss. For those of you that didn't, it's an even greater loss - you will unfortunately, never have the privelege! Condolences to his girls, his team, his friends. RIP amico!!

  • Alexandra Butterworth - 2011-06-17 10:02

    I am in awe of how brave and selfless the of members of the SAPS are. You are all heroes and I am so grateful that you are trying to keep the citizens of this country safe. My heart goes out to the Colonel's family- God bless and M.H.D.S.R.I.P.

  • Michael Pitt - 2011-06-17 10:03

    criminals shoot to kill !!!!! as do the police this man is a legend !!!!

  • Alexandra Butterworth - 2011-06-17 10:10

    I am so grateful to the Colonel and all other members of the SAPS who put their lives on the line in order to protect the citizens of this country. You are all heroes. My heart goes out to the Colonel's family, God Bless and MHDSRIP.

  • Johnboy - 2011-06-17 10:30

    Rest In Peace young man. You deserve it. That old Afrikaans saying applies: Staan op ouens, wys respek, hier stap 'n ware man verby.

  • Matt Milne - 2011-06-17 10:48

    RIP Colonel. Deepest Condolences to family, friends and Police Colleagues. Regards Cape Town Reservists

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  • Sean - 2011-06-17 11:44

    RIP. This man was a true warrior.

  • FoodForensic - 2011-06-17 11:55

    To all of you people with kind remarks and comments regarding US reservists. They are sincerely appreciated. IF THE RSA GOVERNMENT THOUGHT ALIKE AND SHOWED US THE RESPECT WE REALLY DESERVE. ITS NOT ABOUT REWARD AND FINANCIAL GAIN ONLY. ITS ABOUT RESPECTING AND CONSIDERING US THAT GIVE OF OUR TIME AND OUR LIVES AS I SAID...FOR FREE AND FOR GRATIS AND YES MAHALA. Its NOT just about Marc at these sad times,But to all those reservists that made the ultimate sacrifice. Also their families and loved ones. What the public and many people are NOT aware of is. Most reservists that operate outside the confines of Police Stations and Radio control rooms, etc. Receive the same field training as Uniformed SAPS SWAT courses etc,etc. WE DO THE SAME WORK AND FUNCTIONS AS UNIFORM POLICE OFFICERS,THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN THE EXPECTATIONS PLACED ON RESERVISTS AS IS PLACED ON UNIFORM MEMBERS. Most of US have also had extensive Military training and other training,which SAPS members may never receive but share this knowledge with our Uniform members where possible. Not to mention many of US have our own Companies in many fields of expertise or hold down high profile positions within these Companies. Yet we give up give up our lives for FREE,GRATIS AND MAHALA. This in an attempt to keep people safe from ruthless criminals that have NO respect for LIFE,to say the least. So those people and Uniform members that consider us and condemn US as "weekend warriors" and the like.THINK AGAIN!

  • dOpesMokED - 2011-06-17 14:45

    Live by the sword......

      CPII - 2011-06-17 17:00

      Cr@p. Then there will be no police living!

  • Hansie3 - 2011-06-17 19:10

    Shoot the bloody suspects too

  • crocowild - 2011-06-17 19:33

    I recently met a friend of Mark that worked with him as a reservist.I have the highest respect for him and he in turn spoke very highly of Mark.From this article it is clear that Mark was a true hero fighting crime while some others of his age are already enjoying their time in an old age home.As a country we must salute Mark and all of us must take up the fight against crime in his honour.

  • debrakayestylist - 2011-06-18 00:50

    I love that dude!

  • Policepara - 2011-06-18 04:50

    RIP in Lt. Col. Ishlove.... You are a true hero, once again.... It proves that we are not weekend warriors, but weekly warriors too! 24/7! For free! Always just trying to help people in dire need.... And to all the competent, hard working, honest permanent force members, I salute you to.... Keep up all the good work and may God be with us!!! May God also be with your family Lt. Col. Ishlove, & the families of all cops that have died in the line of duty.... We salute you!!!! You will never be forgotten!!!!

  • Jasper5 - 2011-06-18 08:35

    Reservist or permanent member.... doesn't matter. This Hero died fighting crime, of which there is too much in this country, and which is something our government fails to address. They would rather spend money on "Police Day" and see how they can further their own corrupt causes. Strange how they (government and so called "leaders" of this country) can concentrate on the willy nilly issues but fail to address what is really hurting our society! Crime, poverty, corruption, nepotism....these being the root causes of all evil. What has changed since 1994? One thing for certain ........Crime has gotten more serious, voilent and frequent, of that I am quite certain! RIP Col. Thank you for your sacrifice and condolences to your family. You can never be replaced for your family. Another victim on a long South African list, but you chose to fight. I salute you Sir!

  • Johan - 2011-06-27 17:21

    criminals already rules the country the suspects that was arrested in the housebreaking at petros residence will remain behind bars because he is a big shot. everything will be done quickly to finilaze the case where other cases takes very long

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