WC launches cop widow programme
The new programme will help families of deceased SAPS members apply for pension payouts.
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police on Friday launched a programme to support the widows and family members of at least 14 deceased officers.
The programme will offer services to help them deal with the loss of their loved ones as well as applying for pension payouts.
Emotional family members gathered at the Pinelands police barracks earlier in the day.
They received words of condolences from the colleagues of their late loved ones.
Western Cape Deputy Police Commissioner Hendrik Burger said the event followed a commitment made during memorial and funeral services.
"The 14 families that are currently here are those that are still in the process of finalising pension fund payments and other payments."
Burger said the programme would ensure the grieving families were afforded their benefits speedily.
At least 76 officers were killed in the line of duty in the past year.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa condemned police killings and described them as an attack on the state.