Two Police Officers Die From Covid-19 In South Africa. At least two South African Police Service (SAPS) officers are reported to have succumbed to Covid-19. The deaths were confirmed by national SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo on Thursday.
SAPS spokesperson said that one of the police officers was based in KwaZulu-Natal while the other one was based in Eastern Cape. Both of them died in the hospital. Naidoo also revealed that the police officer from KZN was a 55-year-old Warrant Officer who had served with the organisation for 27 years. ‘The policeman in the Eastern Cape succumbed to the virus on Monday. He had served the country for 29 years,’ he said. National police chief General Khehla John Sitole paid tribute to the two members, calling them heroes who had sacrificed their lives for the safety of others.
‘On behalf of the entire SAPS family, I would like to personally pay tribute to the two members who placed their lives on the line to ensure that the people of South Africa are protected against crime as well as against this virus.’
‘I have also conveyed my sincere condolences to the families of our fallen colleagues and thanked them for the decades the members have served in the SAPS as well as for allowing them to serve during these trying times,’ Sitole said. In a press statement released on the SAPS website, Sitole noted that 370 officers have tested positive for Covid-19, the highly infectious respiratory-related disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
‘In response to the surge in numbers in the Western Cape, a delegation from the national steering committee visited the province to provide the necessary support in ensuring that the protocols to contain and manage Covid-19 are being implemented accordingly.
With that said, it is encouraging that 55 members have recovered from the virus, giving us hope that this disease can be beaten,’ he said.
Sitole said that through the SAPS Employee Health and Wellness program, police officers are being provided with the necessary support. ‘This is carried out to both infected and affected members and their families through a number of interventions such as counseling, daily devotions and visits to SAPS premises and roadblocks,’ he said.