- The SAPS has honoured a police officer who died in the line of duty
- He was shot while trying to apprehend a suspect
- Social media users expressed sympathy and gratitude for his service
The South African Police Service has honoured another fallen hero. Colonel LG Matsetela died in the line of duty and the organisation took to social media to pay their final respects.
The late Matsetela was 50 years of age at the time of his death. He was described as having being a committed police official to the nation. He had dedicated 25 years to keeping the community safe at the Bushbuckridge Police Station.
On the day of his murder, the colonel and his colleagues went to arrest a suspect who was wanted for business robbery. When Colonel Matsetela and Constable Nyathi attempted to apprehend the suspect, a struggle ensued.
Gunshots were fired and seriously wounded the late colonel. He was rushed to hospital but passed away shortly afterwards from his injuries. He left behind his wife and four children, the youngest being only 10 years old at time of his passing.
The SAPS has engraved his name with the other national heroes on the memorial wall in the Union Buildings.
Social media users also shared their respects to the fallen policeman. Facebook user Vicky Pat said:
"Condolences to his family and friends and colleagues of this hero. May he Rest in Peace. God bless."
While Mthobisi Ndlovu said:
"He died a hero, my colonel. Our station is no longer the same without him. May his soul continue to rest in peace."
Mashung Matlala Bashu Peterson said:
"Saps is useless. Criminals rules the country. Saps only acknowledge members when they are down and out. General Bheki Cele must do something."
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