R6 million for the children of deceased police heroes

Henry

The South African Police Service celebrated National Police Day this year by raising R6.6 million for children of police members who lost their lives in the service of their country.

The money will be used to pay these children’s school fees.

According to Brig. Police spokesperson Athlenda Mathe said 140 policemen had died in the past four years while on duty. In the past year alone, 33 policemen have died on duty.

“These are the men and women in blue who died while serving and protecting the people of South Africa.”

The majority of these members, she says, were the breadwinners of their respective families.

That is why more than 100 golfers, from various companies, gathered on Thursday to collect money for the South African Education Trust Fund (Sapset). This trust funds children from the age of five years old (grade RR) up to tertiary level. Since the fund’s inception in 2010, the fund has assisted 1,078 children, of whom 54 graduated and 146 managed to obtain a National Senior Certificate.

However, the fund was plunged into controversy in 2022 when it emerged that around 500 beneficiaries had not yet received their school fees. The minister of police admitted on 1 April 2022, in response to a parliamentary question from the DA, that these payments were not made due to “systemic and financial challenges”. At that stage, the majority of Sapset’s board members resigned and a new board had not yet been appointed. However, a new board has since been appointed with Vuyani Jarana as chairman of the board.

General Police Minister Bheki Cele thanked the donors and donors for their contribution on Thursday.

“These funds do a lot to make a significant difference in the lives of these children who have lost their parents. The least we can do is to ensure these children do not have the additional burden of worrying about their school fees, books and school uniforms. We hope more corporate institutions and the general business community will support this cause in the future.”