Tebogo Msimanga |
Colonel Beauty Marivate has been described by family, friends and colleagues as a dedicated officer with over 30 years of experience, who fought a good fight. She met her untimely death while responding to a supermarket robbery on the 30th of December last year in Mpumalanga.
Maravite was fatally wounded when an armed gang opened fire on her vehicle when she arrived on the scene. The 55-year-old station commander of Elukwatini SAPS, leaves behind four children and nine grandchildren.
Minister of Police General Bheki Cele delivered the eulogy at the official funeral service of the fallen Colonel. He didn’t mince his words when addressing the community’s anger towards the killing of their number one police officer.
“This killing must anger all of us as a nation and it is through our collective condemnation of such cruel acts, that communities can know the dangers of harbouring criminals who won’t hesitate to get rid of the very same people that protect and serve them.”
Cele said the police must also respond decisively to these callous acts and ensure the death of one of their own is never in vain.
Meanwhile, eight suspects have been arrested so far for the murder of Colonel Marivate. The Police Ministry is encouraged that police in Mpumalanga are following up on strong leads that they believe will lead to more arrests.