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Society that does not respect police does not deserve security

By Maanda Mulaudzi

If these rampant police killings continue to be accepted as normal, so will be our own security. In Limpopo we must accept the simple logic, that the death of one police officer means that hundreds of citizens become vulnerable to crime. Premier Chupu Mathabatha said this on the occasion of the Provincial Police day held at Peter Mokaba Stadium on 03 February 2016.

He said that the Provincial Police Day was meant to remember the sacrifices that men and women in blue  made and continue to make as they provide safety for all who live in South Africa. The day was also used to commemorate and honour those who died in the line of duty (the real servants of the people who died with their boots on).

Premier  Mathabatha said that police men and women were important role players in bringing about a feeling of safety and security, and that police should strive to win the trust of the community.

He said that the senseless and brutal killing of Warrant Officer Boshego Joel Seloga in Jane Furse recently brought  him unbearable  pain and that he found no justification to the killing, the  only crime he did was to stop crime. He said that his government extended message of condolences to the family of Warrant Officer Seloga

“Our people need to be safe at home, at work, and to generally enjoy community life free of fear. Women should be able to walk freely in our streets while children can play safely outside.”

He promised men and women in blue that the government was alive with their grievances and that it would continue partnership with their unions in a way to improve on their working conditions and other demands.”This government values your work, and the people of South Africa love you” he said.