Bishop of Kimberley & Kuruman condemns police killings

Statement by Bishop Brian Marajh of the Diocese of Kimberley & Kuruman:

The Diocese of Kimberley & Kuruman offers its deepest sympathies and prayers to the families and loved ones of Sergeant Kedimetse Masilo and Constable Okaetse Mandindi, Flying Squad members who were killed on duty on 22 August 2023 in Kimberley while performing their duties as police officers.

The killings of these two police officers, one of whom was a member of our church, have deeply shocked our community. Coming at a time when the murders of police officers have almost doubled in South Africa, we deplore these and all police killings. The lawlessness seen in the surge in deaths of police officers on duty is deeply worrying and we condemn it in the strongest of terms.

The loss of the lives of members of our own community deeply saddens us. We pray that God will give their loved ones strength and comfort them in their time of mourning. Matthew 5:4 – “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”