ATT: General Khehla John Sitole, SAPS National Commissioner
ATT: Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Lucky Mkhwanazi, KZN Provincial Commissioner
ATT: SAPS Commanders & Members
CC: ERPC Collaboration Network members, and all TrackBox Technologies and Together SA CAN NPO members and staff.
TimesLIVE: Nine dead, including two cops, after bloody cash heist shootout.
WHEN WE LOSE a Tactical Operative, we lose a national treasure!
I am deeply hurt and saddened on hearing of the loss of these lives, and share the weight of this loss with family members and work colleagues of the deceased. When these brave men and women go on duty, the families they leave at home are also on duty with them, hoping that their shift will be quiet and that they will return home safely after a long day.
All tactical operations require the best of the best, knowing they are potentially placing themselves in the line of fire each and every day of their lives. Months of work, investigation and teamwork beyond what we will ever understand takes place behind the scenes to ensure that the most tactical arrests are effected, followed by convictions.
THANK YOU to the SAPS, The Hawks, CI, Magma Investigations and all CIT Companies for their daily commitment to our country and safety of the cash that powers our economy, our future and all that work so hard daily to achieve a better life for all.
You will remember when we last lost a specialised Operative, it was an NIU member – so tragic.
We must all keep doing what we are doing because one thing is for sure: teamwork, technology and collaboration is key to our country’s future, from all role-players, local, provincial and national in all sectors of the community and across all races and cultures.
Criminals only see what they can take from others without labouring or working honestly for it… and they must realise that they will pay the ultimate price if they insist on living lives of violent crime. We as proud South Africans will never cease in uniting toward the common cause of eliminating crime in our beloved country.
Sincere condolences go to all family members and colleagues from the entire 877 ERPC Collaboration Network members, and all TrackBox Technologies and Together SA CAN NPO members and staff.