Killers still on the loose

2018-04-12 06:01

Somerset West police are investigating a case of murder after a security officer was killed in the line of duty in Somerset West.

Faisal Yussuf, a 47-year-old Congolese employed by Secure Rite Security, died in a stabbing incident last week.

According to Sergeant Suzan Jantjies, spokesperson for Somerset West police, the deceased was patrolling in Church Street when the incident occurred shortly after 23:00 last Friday 6 April.

Jantjies said the deceased succumbed to a stab wound to the chest.

Circumstances which led to the fatal stabbing are being investigated.

Herman Ras, armed response and training manager for Secure Rite Security, recalled Yussuf calling for help over the radio network moments after he was stabbed. Ras said one of their response vehicles responded to the incident within a minute. Paramedics were alerted and acted swiftly. However, Yussuf succumbed to his wound.

“It is an utter disgrace that anyone in today’s society is murdered and totally unacceptable that they are robbed of their human right to live in this manner. There is only one who should give and take life,” said Ras.

Ras regarded the great loss of “our brother in arms” as tragic and said: “The pain and hurt is shared by all acquaintances, friends and colleagues. He will be sorely missed.”

Ras added that Yussuf was a pleasant person who he was honoured to have known both professionally and personally for the past number of years. He further described him as friendly and always having a big smile. He was compassionate, dutiful and diligent and always offered a helping hand or took on additional workload when needed.

Willie Engelbrecht, Yussuf’s work superior, said he was employed with the local security provider for the past four years.

“He will be remembered as the stern but calm, collected and pleasant person he was,” said Engelbrecht.

Heartfelt condolences streamed in from local residents, councillors and partners in the fight against crime following the news of Yussuf’s tragic passing.

Ward 15 Councillor Gregory Peck extended condolences to the family of the deceased and the Secure Rite team.

Billy Smith, chairperson of the Somerset West Community Police Forum, said: “Condolences to the family of the brave officer. He has paid the ultimate price to ensure the safety of our residents. We salute you. The CPF prays for you and your family. God bless.”Helderzicht residents and members of Paardevlei, Victoria Park, Sir Lowry’s Pass Farm and Bridgewater Neighbourhood Watch as well as Helderberg Crime Watch sympathised with the family of the slain security officer. They called for the criminals responsible to be apprehended.

Jantjies confirmed that three suspects aged 21, 23 and 34 were arrested and interrogated following the incident.

However, the men were released after they could not be positively linked to the incident.

Jantjies added that the police investigation continues.

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