Transport officials remember fallen colleagues

Many of the officers being remembered were killed while controlling traffic or executing roadblocks.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation together with the transport department remembered officials killed in the line of duty. Picture: Dineo Bendile/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Road Traffic Management Corporation together with the Transport Department today paid tribute to officials killed in the line of duty.

#RoadSafety Some of the officers killed while on duty. DB. pic.twitter.com/vRySkqRaWL

Acting transport minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi officiated the ceremony attended by taxi associations as well as family members and colleagues of the fallen officers.

#RoadSafety Vehicle parade. Traffic departments from all over the country are represented here today. DB pic.twitter.com/XdhFbvOL65

The ceremony in Pretoria started on a positive note with drills and parades by traffic officers.

#RoadSafety Opening drill by traffic officials. DB pic.twitter.com/0DUALG0Nd5

But the mood turned sombre as Charles Reynolds from the Institute of Traffic and Municipal Police Officers gave his tribute.

"We also support the family members who are still grieving, some wounds are very raw."

Ramatlhodi offered words of comfort to the bereaved families.

"I have just buried my mother two weekends ago, I know what you feel as you cry."

At the same time, Gauteng Community Safety MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane says it's unfortunate that people who are meant to enforce the law are now falling victim to brazen crimes.

"It is very unfortunate that the same attitude of committing crime and undermining life is now used in killing our officers."

Among the officials remembered today was JMPD officer Simon Mabata-Mela, who was murdered at a Johannesburg south mall in July after walking into a robbery in progress.

The MEC says respect for law enforcement officers appears to be deteriorating, with criminals now unafraid to confront authority.

Many of the officers being remembered today were killed while controlling traffic or executing roadblocks.