End corruption as a tribute to dead officers, Cele asks

The seven officers killed in last Friday’s Mpumalanga police helicopter crash have been described as...

Remains a police helicopter crash in Emalahleni. Picture: Linda Steyn/iWitness

The seven officers killed in last Friday’s Mpumalanga police helicopter crash have been described as dedicated crime fighters who never backed down.

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National Commissioner General Bheki Cele used the opportunity to lambaste corrupt police officers, saying that the deceased seven should serve as an example for them.

“The best tribute you can pay to them is to stop your criminal thinking and [the] criminal minds within this organisation,” he said.

Cele paid tribute to the pilot, Captain Wikus Zaaiman, who coincidentally flew him to the World Cup opening ceremony in the same chopper that went down.

“Zaaiman, I am hoping that your wings will stay with you to forever fly,” he said.