Police minister, deputy say farewell to Hawks officer

Relatives & colleagues gathered at the Dutch Reformed Church for Petrus Holz's funeral.

The funeral service of Warrant Officer Petrus Holz is underway in Somerset West. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Senior police leaders, both the minister and deputy minister of Police Hawks and the relatives of Warrant Officer Petrus Holz have said their final goodbyes to the Hawks member in Somerset West, just more than a week after he was stabbed to death on the N2 highway.

Holz was travelling to work last Wednesday morning when he was forced to pull over on the N2 near Macassar, due to two flat tyres, caused by an obstruction in the road.

He was then accosted, robbed and stabbed by two men. Adrian Hendricks and Xavier Ryan, both from Macassar were arrested hours after the incident. They made their second appearance in the Somerset West Magistrates Court on Friday morning.

Relatives and colleagues of the slain Hawks member gathered at the Dutch Reformed Church in Somerset West on Friday afternoon.

The church pews were packed with mourners who watched as relatives and members of the SAPS top brass lit candles near the altar. A bouquet of yellow flowers and a picture of Holz was placed next to the candles, while a South African flag was draped over his coffin.

At least 54 law enforcement officers have been killed this year.