Officer leaves partner and children

ct memorial_8195 done INSLA BE STRONG: The son of Constable Nokulunga Hazel Jako, Luvo (left) and Nolundi Moerapedi with her daughter, Phawu, are comforted by Captain Christpher Horn at the memorial service for Jako at the Methodist Church in Langa yesterday. Photo: Bheki Radebe

Siyavuya Mzantsi

PROVINCIAL police commissioner Arno Lamoer has lamented that one officer a month is murdered by ruthless criminals.

“We are getting used to this too much. Almost every month we gather to celebrate a life of one of our members who has been taken away from us. On January 27, a police officer was brutally attacked and thanks to God he survived.

“On February 13, a young police constable was murdered by criminals while on duty in Kraaifontein and on April 7 another was murdered,” he said.

Lamoer was speaking at the memorial service of Constable Nokulunga Hazel Jako at the Methodist Church in Langa yesterday.

Jako died after she was knocked over by a hijacked car in Strand last week. She died on the scene. The suspect was arrested and has appeared in the Strand Magistrate’s Court.

Lamoer said it was not an accident, but a brutal murder of one of their hard-working servants. “She was murdered while she was responding to the call of duty. I would like to send my deepest condolences to the family. I know it is hard for you to listen to what has to be said about our fallen hero.”

More than 100 people, including policemen and policewomen, attended the service.

Jako’s sister, Nolundi Moerapedi, was too distraught to speak at the service. Jako was a mother of two children, including an 8-month-old baby.

Jako’s partner, Thando Mbonyana, said: “It is hard to accept, but I am doing fine. I need to be strong for our children.”

Colleague and work partner, Constable M Ntshuba, said he was not with her at the time: “I feel she was stolen away from me. I will forever miss her. We were very close and she loved to drive when we were on duty. She did her job with a smile on her face.”

Jako was a police officer for nine years. She will be buried in East London on Saturday.

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