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Slain CT cop hailed as a 'dedicated soldier'

Warrant Officer Petrus Holz (50) was accosted, robbed & stabbed on the N2 Highway last Wednesday.

Major-General Thembesile Patekile marches in front of the hearse carrying Warrant Officer Holz's body. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The police officer who was killed along the N2 Highway in Cape Town last week has been hailed as a 'dedicated soldier' who served as a police member for 23 years.

Scores of relatives, friends and police officials gathered at the Dutch Reformed Church in Somerset West on Friday, to bid farewell to 50-year-old Warrant Officer Petrus Holz.

Holz was accosted, robbed and stabbed after an obstruction in the road punctured two of his tyres last Wednesday.

Adrian Hendricks and Xavier Ryan were arrested hours later, after police received a tip- off from a community member.

On Friday, the pair abandoned their bail application.

Acting Hawks boss Major General Mthandazo Ntlemeza addressed the congregation on Friday, saying there's a dark cloud hanging over the South African Police Service.

"We will always remember Warrant Officer Holz, his name will live forever. Rest in peace warrant officer."

WATCH: _Police, family and friends, wish Officer Holz rest in peace. _