SAPS hosts Christmas party for children of deceased members

Pretoria: The South African Police Service (SAPS) hosted a family day in the form of a Christmas party for 45 children of members who died in the line of duty in the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 financial year, at the SAPS Tshwane Academy in Pretoria.

Family, friends and guardians of the children also formed part of the festivities of the day.

The purpose of the event was to provide, a memorable Christmas party for the children in honour of the moms and dads in blue, who died in the line of duty to ensure the safety and security of the people in South Africa.

Activities of the day included a host of fun and games. While some played on the jumping castle, others lined-up to get their faces painted by our men and women in blue.

The children who couldn’t contain their happiness were also treated to a Christmas lunch.

Thirty-six-year-old Petronella Hlongwane was among the widows who formed part of the festivities. Petronella expressed her gratitude to the management of the SAPS for organising the event in memory of her late husband, Constable Simon Hlongwane.

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.

Forty-four-year-old Denise Naidoo shared the same sentiments. She is the widow of the late Warrant Officer, Sascha Naidoo. Denise was accompanied by her four children.

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 management for this special day.

Senior Management of the Service, led by the Deputy National Commissioner of Human Resources Management in the SAPS, Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya, spent the day interacting with the children and their families.

This is another great initiative to pay our respects and keep the memory alive of those who have died in the service of their communities. We arranged this day for you to assure you that the SAPS will continue to support and care for you in the absence of your brave fathers and mothers, who paid the ultimate price while protecting and serving the people of South Africa. We also deemed it befitting to arrange this event to honour their memories and to signify that although they are no longer with us, they will always be in our hearts and minds. Remember that the SAPS will continue to support you to achieve your goals and reach the dreams that you have and that your parents had for you. Continue to work and study hard and lead your lives as they led theirs.

Today’s event, is once again an initiative from our Women’s Network and Men for Change structures within the SAPS, who continue with their selfless actions and deeds to lighten the burden of those who need it the most.

Through the South African Police Service Education Trust (SAPSET) Fund the Service is able to provide educational support to many of the children of deceased members. SAPSET currently funds children from grade RR to tertiary level. To date, the Fund has assisted more than 800 children with their educational needs.

Partnerships from donors and sponsors support is fundamental to the success of SAPSET. The SAPS hereby invites SAPS members, the business community and the public to partner with us in giving these young people the same chance in life that we would wish for our families.

Anyone who wants to contribute to raising funds for the Trust can do so.

The banking details of the Trust Fund are as follows:

Name of Account Holder: SAPS EDUCATION TRUST

Bank: NEDBANK

Account Number: 1003359825

Branch: BELVILLE, THE BRIDGE

Branch code: 198765

Reference: Donor’s/ Company’s name and surname

Source: South African Police Service