Police Minister General Bheki Cele and Deputy Minister Cassel Mathale will pay their respects to Sergeant Lwando Lawrence Bunga and Sergeant Mario Nel, two fallen heroes who were tragically shot while on duty in the Eastern Cape’s Nelson Mandela Metro and Buffalo City Metro respectively.
Sergeant Lwando Lawrence Bunga
Sergeant Bunga, a 42-year-old member of the Public Order Policing Unit, lost his life while responding to an attempted armed robbery in East London on May 1, 2023. His dedication to maintaining public safety highlights the unwavering courage exhibited by officers in the line of duty, and serves as a reminder of the ever-present dangers faced by law enforcement agents daily.
Sergeant Mario Nel
In a separate incident, Sergeant Mario Nel, a court orderly in Motherwell, met a tragic end on May 3, 2023. While performing his duties in the court passages, he was fatally shot by a suspect who was subsequently arrested. The weapon used, which had been stolen from the deceased officer, was recovered by authorities. This senseless act of violence underscores the unpredictable nature of the dangers police officers face even in seemingly safe environments such as courtrooms.
The funeral services of Sergeant Mario Nel and Sergeant Lwando Lawrence Bunga will take place on May 12 and May 13, respectively. Both Minister Cele and Deputy Minister Mathale will pay tribute to the sacrifices made by these dedicated officers, highlighting their commitment to upholding justice and ensuring the safety of their communities.
Members of the media are invited to attend the funeral services of Sergeant Mario Nel on Friday, May 12, 2023, at 10:00 AM at Chetty Community Hall in Bethelsdorp, Gqeberha. On Saturday, May 13, 2023, Deputy Minister Mathale will deliver the eulogy for Sergeant Lwando Lawrence Bunga at 10:00 AM in Nqamakhwe, Amatole District Municipality.
Remembering the Lives and Courage of Fallen Officers
As we remember the bravery and dedication of these officers, we should also recognize the daily courage displayed by law enforcement agents across the country. Their unwavering commitment to maintaining justice and public safety is a testament to the strength and resilience of our nation, and serves as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by those who serve and protect.
Furthermore, we must acknowledge the families, friends, and colleagues of these fallen officers, who must grapple with the immense pain and loss following such tragedies. Their support and understanding play a crucial role in enabling police officers to carry out their duties and face the inherent dangers of their profession.
Supporting and Uplifting the Law Enforcement Community
In honoring the memory of Sergeant Bunga and Sergeant Nel, we are reminded of the importance of supporting and uplifting the law enforcement community as a whole. By recognizing their bravery, dedication, and sacrifices, we can foster an environment of understanding, respect, and appreciation for those who risk their lives to maintain the safety and security of our communities.