Pretoria – The murder of one of the top metro police officers in Ekurhuleni, Major Koert Jordan, has been strongly condemned by Mayor Mondi Gungubele.
Jordan, who was the head of the equestrian unit, was off-duty when he was shot and killed during an armed robbery on Wednesday, at Aston Lake in Springs.
The perpetrators took his service firearm, a cell phone and vehicle.
“This is quite sad because this incident happened on National Police Day, a day set aside to acknowledge the sacrifices of these men and women in the fight against lawlessness. They sacrifice their own safety for us to enjoy peace and order, and for this they must be celebrated and not murdered,” said Mayor Gungubele.
He said being a policeman was one of the most risky jobs in the world.
“In fact this is one of the jobs which leave your family with great uncertainty every time you are on the streets fighting ruthless criminals for they do not know whether you will return or not. Despite this though, we still have dedicated women and men who are still determined to carry out this gruelling task.”
While the responsibility to create a safe environment rests with communities, the police are still integral in maintaining law and order, safety and the security of our communities.
The Mayor called on the community to work closely with the police to ensure that the attackers are apprehended.
“I am sure that someone somewhere knows something about this crime. Help us find these thugs and lock them up before another innocent soul is lost.”
The metro police have launched a manhunt for the attackers. Anyone with information can contact 08600 10111.