‘Blow the whistle against crime in honour of police officers who died to protect us’

Law enforcement officers showcasing their duties at the Rand Show.

Police officers aren’t always the heroes and heroines in our communities however their sole purpose is to protect us, and the unfortunate truth is that many a times officers lose their lives in the line of duty.

On April 6, the Gauteng Department of Community Safety, in partnership with the various Law Enforcement Agencies, hosted a Safety and Security day at the Nasrec Expo Centre.



According to the provincial community safety’s Head of Department (HOD), Yoliswa Makhasi the purpose of the event was to assist the department with communicating to communities to make them understand that the department will not tolerate the killing of law enforcement officers.

“We are calling on the community to come out and identify who the murderers are. It is not acceptable to kill law enforcement officers,” said Makhasi. She spoke of a young officer who was killed on her way to work.

“She was a young and very committed officer. We are calling upon the public to ensure that they bring the perpetrators and that they bring information to the police so that the perpetrators can be caught.”



The HOD also mentioned that sometimes officers are just killed because they are robbed off of their guns and some are killed because they are involved in major cases and people do not want law enforcement to take place.

“Let us work together in moving the Gauteng City Region forward and ensure a safe province for all,” Makhasi concluded.

The day, however, was not just about honouring officers and those who lost loved ones in the line of duty but it also had other activities such as teaching the many school children who attended about law enforcement and the careers in which they can go into.



The City of Tshwane Member of Mayoral Committee, Councillor Derrick Kissoonduth said: “The department has several programmes that it champions involving young people, including amongst others Safety Patrollers, Youth desks, Women’s desk and Men as Safety Promoters programmes. Young people must play an active role and participate meaningfully in these kinds of structures.”

Kissoonduth then went on to add that as Law Enforcement Agencies, they will continue to raise awareness about drug abuse and its consequences, particularly on nyaope, which is robbing the country of future leaders.


Law enforcement officers showcasing their duties at the Rand Show.


He ensured that they are working closely with other social clusters such as the Gauteng Department of Social Development to identify users of these harmful and illegal substances in various communities within the province for referrals to rehabilitation centres.

The Johannesburg, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni Metro Police departments entertained attendees with a drill display and Tshwane Metro Police took the award for the Best Drill Display.




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