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popcruThe Mercury reports that police unions have called for more benefits to be made available for the families of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

This was indicated by the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) and the Independent Policing Union of SA (Ipusa) after the commemoration of National Police Day on 27 January. More than 100 golf players from various corporate companies recently raised R6.6 million towards the SA Police Education Trust Fund (Sapset). Popcru’s Richard Mamabolo said any initiative aimed at improving the lives of deceased officers’ families, especially their dependants, was welcomed. However, he said that it was key for police to have death insurance that would add on to the current death grant of R250,000. “Our experience has been that this amount isn’t sufficient to sustain dependents as most officers killed on or off duty are relatively young, with minor kids and most being breadwinners,” he pointed out. Ipusa’s Bethuel Nkuna said while the union appreciated the contribution made by the golfers, the union believed the money raised was not enough to take care of the medical challenges widows and widowers faced in raising these children. He said most of the surviving parents were unemployed and unable to continue paying for the Polmed medical scheme, forcing the children to go to public health-care facilities. “Our passionate plea to the authorities is that our orphans should enjoy maximum benefits without making them pay for Polmed,” he said.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Karen Singh at The Mercury

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