- A fallen cop was recently honoured by the SAPS
- He was recognised for his dedication and service
- Some Mzansi social media users felt that the tribute was too little, too late
The South African Police service have paid a final salute to the late Constable SM Buthelezi. The fallen hero was honoured for the sacrifices he made for the country.
The late Constable was 36 years old and was stationed at the Ntuzuma Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal. He served the force for six years, risking his life to protect his community. His life was unfortunately cut short by a criminal.
The brave cop and his colleagues responded to an armed robbery complaint along Malandela Road in Kwa-Mashu when they were ambushed by criminals who shot at them. Sadly, the late Constable Buthelezi was fatally wounded.
He left behind three children, with the youngest being only two years old at the time of his death.
In loving memory of a fallen hero, the SAPS have engraved his name on the national memorial wall at the Union Buildings, to signify the gratitude of the nation.
The SAPS sent a final message saying:
"To the late Constable SM Buthelezi, the SAPS’s management salutes your bravery, loyalty and sacrifices to serve and protect – no longer with us, but never forgotten."
Mzansi social media users were left angered by the Facebook post from the SAPS. Many believed that not enough was done for police while they were still alive. Facebook user Libhongo Sibayeni said:
"SAPS management you will engrave names every year please look into the shooting rules and come up with a solution. You are too relaxed yet you Generals and Brigadiers earning fat salaries with danger allowances, housing, car allowances, cellphone allowances etc... Yet in your meetings you fail to come up with solutions for junior members. How long has this been happening and what solutions are you coming up with except singing they are heroes?"
While Bernie Duncan said:
"Nevermind the engraving on earth as long as his name is written in the books of God. May his soul rest in peace, amen."
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