Police minister applauded at Kemp funeral
Police minister Bheki Cele received a thunderous applause from mourners after promising the widowed wife of slain Port Elizabeth flying squad member Dwane Kemp that the police would assist the family in anyway possible including funding their daughter and unborn sons' education.
The state funeral for the 31-year-old was a moving tribute to newly married Kemp who was described as a hero by several speakers including Cele who said only hero's have their coffin wrapped in the South African flag.
The NG Hoogland Church filled with hundreds of family, friends,colleagues and top ranking police officials erupted in applause during Cele's address on Saturday after making the announcement.
"This child (Jadyn) must go to school until she finds whatever degree she wants. He (unborn son Coltyn) must do what he wants to do. The SA police will be paying all the way through. Everything must be done to soften the pain and burden this family has to carry. It will be a long road but the SA police will walk this road with you," Cele said.
After stepping off the podium Cele was met by a heartfelt hug from Kemp’s wife Candice, who he described as a strong and brave woman who gave him hope.
Kemp was fatally shot this week while responding to armed robbery at Le Bon bakery in Central. Four of the suspects were shot and killed inside the bakery while a fifth suspect escaped and is yet to be arrested.