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Child of fallen police officer graduates with 10 distinctions through SAPSET
2017/06/08

 

Media Statement from National Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

 The child of a dedicated police officer, who died in the line of duty in 2012, graduated with 10 distinctions from Rosebank College thanks to the financial support of the South African Police Service Education Trust (SAPSET). Twenty-two-year-old Godfrey Monene graduated with a National Diploma in Journalism after enduring almost insurmountable challenges after the death of his father who was a warrant officer in the SAPS.

The tragic event almost doomed Godfrey’s bright future. However, he made it through the SAPSET’s timely intervention against the odds.  The police’s education trust started assisting him when he was still a Grade 12 pupil.

The SAPSET was established in 2010 and its mandate is to look after the educational interests of the children of the deceased members of the SAPS when the applicable criteria are met. The SAPSET is a non-profit organisation under the leadership of a Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee and is chaired by the Deputy National Commissioner of Human Resource Management, Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya.

The trust is funded through donations and an appeal is made to the business community, individuals and other interested parties to support this noble cause in memory of our colleagues who died in pursuit of a safer society.

The vision of the trust is to provide the best education and training for the development of children of employees of the SAPS who died in the line of duty. The SAPSET stepped in to ensure that this vision was kept alive and that children of deceased employees were looked after, not only financially, but also through emotional support.

Since its inception, the trust has assisted 455 beneficiaries from Grade RR to tertiary level. These learners have enrolled for studies at a number of universities, TVET institutions and private colleges across the country. To date, the SAPSET has supported 93 tertiary and matric students, of which 16 have successfully completed their studies.

Similar to many other beneficiaries of the SAPSET, Godfrey’s needs became a social responsibility, which the SAPS supported by funding his studies to obtain the education which would have made his late father proud.

“I managed to pull through since 2015 with the help of a study group of hard-working, dedicated students. I hardly slept. My mother used to fight with me to sleep, including me nearly being hospitalised due to a lack of sleep. The journey has been very difficult since I lost my father, but I know that wherever he is, he is proud of me and my achievement,” said Godfrey before being conferred with his diploma.

The CEO of the SAPSET, Ms Catherine Hendricks, who joined the Monene family to witness and celebrate one of the education trust’s own writing a successful story for himself and the trust, said that taking care of deceased members’ children was one of the SAPS’s key intervention mechanisms.

“By giving opportunities to the children of our fallen heroes and heroines to educate themselves, the SAPS leads them to a bright future, which would have made their parents proud. We cannot forget our fallen members, because they are a part of us. Their children are our children,” said Ms Hendricks.

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