I would like to suggest that, once COVID-19 is over, a plaque be made, dedicated to all SAPS members who faithfully executed their duties, in response to the call to duty, to serve and protect the people of South Africa during the global pandemic. In the process they disregarded their own safety and well-being.
This should include a special tribute to all the members who contracted the virus and even more so to those who passed on due to the virus. Their faithful dedication to do their duties must never be forgotten for generations to come.
Such a plaque should be erected at the community service centre of every police station. Funding could either come from each police station's budget or be sponsored by the Community Police Forum to honour our men and women in blue.
The Minister of Police or the National Commissioner of the SAPS should also erect a plaque at the police memorial at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, alongside the names of all other police members who passed on in the line of duty.
And, a plaque, in memory of all our animal (K9 and Mounted) partners that have also died in the line of duty, can also be remembered.
Let us never forget our members for their service.
Lt-Col (ret) C R P O’Farrell PCF