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Police commissioner calls on South Africans to rally against police killings

National police commissioner General Fannie Masemola bids farewell to Warrant Officer Michael Jameson who was shot and killed last week while intervening in a hijacking in Umbilo. | SAPS

National police commissioner General Fannie Masemola bids farewell to Warrant Officer Michael Jameson who was shot and killed last week while intervening in a hijacking in Umbilo. | SAPS

Published May 10, 2022

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Durban - The South African Police Service management descended on Durban to bid farewell to Warrant Officer Michael Jameson who was shot and killed last week while intervening in a hijacking in Umbilo.

Jameson was at a school picking up his daughter when he saw a hijacking in progress.

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Jameson’s funeral was held on Monday.

His private cremation ceremony was attended by national police commissioner General Fannie Masemola, Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, and provincial police commissioner Lieutenant General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi together with the management of the Public Order Policing unit.

Jameson had witnessed and subsequently attempted to stop a hijacking in progress outside his daughter's school last Thursday when he was shot and killed.

Colleagues, family and friends gathered to pay their last respects to the fallen hero.

Slain Warrant Officer Michael Jameson. Picture: SAPS

Jameson had 32 years of service, having joined the organisation in 1990 as a student constable.

He had spent most of his time as an operator in the Public Order Policing unit serving various communities across KwaZulu-Natal.

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At the time of his untimely death, he was attached to the Mariannhill Public Order Policing unit.

Masemola said the attacks and killing of police officials cannot continue unabated.

Michael Akhurst Jameson. Picture supplied

“Warrant Officer Jameson was killed in broad daylight while responding to our mission of preventing and combating anything that may threaten the safety and security of any community. In the last 48 hours, we have sadly lost yet another member, Constable Donay Phillips was shot and killed after a patient at the new Somerset Hospital in Cape Town snatched the member’s firearm and fired several shots. As a result, three people died, including the 32-year-old police Constable,” Masemola said.

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“The attacks and murders of our members cannot continue. I am therefore calling on all South Africans and the entire nation to rally against police killings. When you see something, say something!” Masemola said.

KZN are still hunting Jameson’s killers.

Those who know of the whereabouts of the suspects are encouraged to call the CrimeStop hotline number on 08600 10111 or share information on the MYSAPS APP.

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