Sea of blue at Union Buildings

2015-09-06 13:08
A banner honouring police officers killed since April last year stands upright at the Union Buildings. (Photo from News24 Correspondent)

A banner honouring police officers killed since April last year stands upright at the Union Buildings. (Photo from News24 Correspondent)

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Pretoria - The Union Buildings was a sea of blue for the South African Police Service national commemoration day, being held on Sunday.

Families, friends and colleagues took their seats as they got ready to pay homage to the 86 police officers killed in the 2014/2015 financial year - from April 1 last year to the end of March this year.

Between January 1 and August 24 this year, 58 officers had been killed, according to police statistics. The SAPS has been tweeting their names. 

"#sapsHQ Let us honour & remember Sgt ML Lentsoane who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty 2015-03-15 RIP #FinalSalute," read one tweet.

Lentsoane was killed along with Public Service and Administration Minister Collins Chabane in an accident on the N1 near Polokwane on March 15.

President Jacob Zuma, Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega are expected to address the hundreds of police officers gathered and take part in a wreath-laying ceremony. 

Zuma has condemned the actions of criminals and said the spate of killings required a new approach by government and the public. These would include a discussion on gun laws and how the police protected themselves. 

He questioned whether police were being too "soft" and "democratic" when dealing with criminals.

Hundreds of police officers take their seats for the commemoration of their colleagues. (Photo supplied by News24 Correspondent)

Read more on:    police  |  riah phiyega  |  jacob zuma  |  pretoria

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