Police host Christmas party for families of slain cops

Western Cape police hosted a Christmas party for the children earlier on Tuesday.

Western Cape Police Commissioner Arno Lamoer handing gifts to children of deceased officers. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Christmas has come a week early for more than 50 children whose parents died in the line of duty.

Western Cape police hosted a Christmas party for the children earlier on Tuesday.

The presents were perhaps not given exactly what they wished for, but there were smiles all round on the faces of the children.

Rochelle Matthee was widowed in 2011 when her husband was killed in an ambush.

She had encouraging words for those who've also lost loved ones.

"My husband didn't give his life to the police but gave his life to the community and he really loved his job."

The three men found guilty of killing Gershwin Mathee were sentenced to life in prison last year.

At the same time, a slain female police officer whose baby was eight-months-old is one of cops killed in the line of duty in the Western Cape this year.

Provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer says the officer was involved in a high-speed chase with suspected car hijackers when she crashed.

She had just returned to work from maternity leave.

"We are there for you and will continue supporting you as long as we can."