As South Africa celebrates National Police Day today, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala would like to pay homage to the members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) for their sacrifice and dedication to provide safety to the citizens of the country even under difficult circumstances.
The Premier also salutes those men and women in blue who have lost their lives in the line of duty and also extends his deepest condolences to their respective families.
South Africa is deeply indebted to all of them for their remarkable sacrifice.
National Police Days are celebrated in countries across the world, such as Russia, the USA, Singapore, England, Wales and Australia, annually giving recognition to the services rendered by their respective policing agencies.
This day, 27 January 2020, also indicates to local and international communities that the SAPS is honoured and respected for the law and order and safety and security it provides for South Africa and its people. It shows that the SAPS has full support of Government.
In line with this year’s theme: “SAPS members – Keep the flag of SA high” , Premier Zikalala said: “We are very proud of the excellent work that is being done by our police officers across the country to make South Africa a safe place to live in. To those dedicated members of the SAPS, we are saying indeed ‘keep the flag of SA high’ irrespective of the difficult circumstances you work under, especially taking into consideration the alarming rate of crime in the country. Equally, we pay homage to the fallen heroes and heroines of our police service who lost their lives or became permanently disabled in the line of duty. We truly appreciate your excellent service to the country.”
Cabinet, which approved 27 January as National Police Day in 2005 has set aside this day to allow SAPS members to reflect on the previous year and to remember the sacrifices that our police officers have made as they provide safety to all those who live in the country.
“We have no doubt in our minds that through the selfless dedication and hard work from our police officers, we will turn the tide against criminals who want to turn our beautiful country into a ‘crime den’. But for us as a country to succeed in the fight against crime, our police officers need all the kind of support they can get from government, communities and all other stakeholders. So as we observe National Police Day today, we wish to assure our police officers that as government we fully support them despite the many challenges they face in the line of duty,” said Zikalala.
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