Human Rights

Media Invitation: Police Minister addresses Search and Rescue Teams send-off parade following month long operations in KZN floods

KWAZULU-NATAL – Today marks a month since the South African Police Search and Rescue units from across the country, responded to devastating floods that hit parts of the KwaZulu-Natal Province. The floods have resulted in the loss of over 400 lives and extensive destruction of property including schools, clinics, churches and other municipal buildings.

The teams of South African Police Search and Rescue units made up of front line officers,K9 units, diving teams with various vessels, helicopters and fixed air wing planes, promptly responded to the unfolding humanitarian disaster and hit the ground running, working cooperatively with local disaster management teams emergency services and the South African Defence Force (SANDF) conducting search and rescue operations in a race against time to save lives.

These SAPS units will on Friday, 13 May 2022, hold their send-off parade at the Joint Operational centre (JOC) for rescue teams and their commanders at the Virginia Airport in Durban. The parade will be addressed by Police Minister, General Bheki Cele and the National Commissioner of the SAPS General Fannie Masemola, as a token of appreciation for the members selfless service and dedication to assisting the people of KwaZulu-Natal during their darkest hour.

Members of the media are invited to attend the parade.

Source: South African Police Service