- The SAPS held a Christmas party for kids of officers who passed away in the line of duty
- The fun-filled day featured games, jumping castles, and face painting
- Parents of the kids expressed appreciation to the SAPS for the thoughtful gesture
The South African Police Service (SAPS) hosted a Christmas party yesterday for children of officers who died in the line of duty in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 financial years.
The fun-filled event was held at the SAPS Tshwane Academy, according to a press release.
Its aim was to honour the kids' parents who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety and security of the people in South Africa.
Briefly.co.za learned that the kids enjoyed several fun activities including games, jumping castles, and face painting. They were also treated to a sumptuous Christmas lunch.
36-year-old Petronella Hlongwane lost her husband, Constable Simon Hlongwane, during a hijacking. She brought her three kids aged one, three, and 11 years old. She said:
My children are so happy to be here. I am equally elated and thankful that the organisation that my husband served has not forgotten about me and my children. I would like to thank the management for this wonderful Christmas Party.
44-year-old Denise Naidoo is the widow of the late Warrant Officer Sascha Naidoo. She came to the event with her four children aged 15, 17, 22, and 27. Denise said:
This is a relaxing day for us as a family. We are happy to see that the sacrifices that my husband made to serve his country were not in vain. Thank you to the organisation and its management for this special day.
The SAPS provides educational support to many of the children of deceased members through the South African Police Service Education Trust (SAPSET) Fund.
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