I endorse the sentiments of Jay Jugwanth about the absence of the Police Minister and MEC at the home of Sgt Paul.
It is with deep regret and much sadness that we learnt of the merciless shooting of Sgt Jeremy Paul, a detective based at Mountain Rise. The team were on a routine raid for suspects at Swapo, Copesville, Pietermaritzburg in the early hours of Thursday morning 11 March 2021 when he was gunned down by a person suspected of murder. After the shooting, the suspect made off with the official firearm of the police sergeant. It is very sad that a young life was taken. One of his colleagues said that Jeremy was a loyal and devoted member, efficient and diligent in his investigative duties.
It has come to our attention that the suspect was later also shot dead by police during a follow-up operation. Police recovered three firearms in his possession, one belonging to Sgt Paul and the other two are presumably illegal as they were not licensed.
It is reported that the funeral service was attended by Maj-Gen P Makoba and Brig P (Boxer) Pillay. A notable absence was the Police Minister, who was not present to offer any support or to convey the department’s condolences and as an act of care and compassion to the bereaved family.
Sgt Paul is survived by his wife and two young children.
On behalf of the Retired Police members of Pietermaritzburg and Durban, I wish to convey our deepest sympathy and condolences to the bereaved family.
May his soul RIP.