Memorial held for helicopter crash policemen

Hundreds of mourners have been paying their final respects to seven policemen killed in a...

Remains of the police helicopter that crashe din Emalahleni. Picture: Linda Steyn/iWitness

Hundreds of mourners have been paying their final respects to seven policemen killed in a helicopter crash in Emalahleni in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><state w:st="on">Mpumalanga last Friday.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

A memorial service for Teboho Maduna, Wikus Zaayman, Colin Davids, Dirk van Aswegen, Tinus Gouws, Jacobus Henning and Daniel de Bruin is being held at the Hatfield Christian Church in <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Pretoria.

National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa are among the mourners.

The two airmen and five national intervention unit members died on their way to a robbery.

Visible Policing Major General J Nkomo called for unity among mourners to help cope with the tragedy.

“General Cele said we need to come together, pray together and deal with this together,” he said.

Police Chaplain Rev Tsingtsing said the fallen officers responded to a calling to help South Africans.

“They focused on their call to fight crime and they went out without even thinking of any consequences or what might happen to their lives, theirs was to fight crime,” said Tsingtsing.