JMPD traffic warden Luleka Sobetshe, who was killed on duty in a hit-and-run accident, gave her life on duty for the city of Johannesburg.
MMC for Community Development Ronald Harris said Tuesday the warden was on duty to keep residents safe but lost her life in the process.
Sobetshe, 37, was run over by a suspected drunk driver on Saturday.
Incumbent Executive Mayor Harris said public service is not just a job but a calling because it means serving the community with due diligence.
“Luleka Sobetshe could have been with her family by 3am on this critical morning, but was working to help others. I can’t help but see her as a hero who has been sacrificed. She was young, energetic and dedicated to her work as a civil servant. She saw this role as a calling,” he said.
“She loved her job, loved people, and most likely died doing what she loved.”
He described the way she experienced her untimely death as very unfortunate and said that this should not happen to anyone.
Harris, City Public Safety MMC David Tembe visited the family on Monday to pay their respects and offer their condolences.
“It was disheartening to learn that the deceased was the breadwinner of her family and was working to improve her livelihood. We ask for the comfort of the Holy Spirit to carry you through this difficult time. As the city of Johannesburg, we offer our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family. We pray that the family will emerge stronger from this trial,” he said.
He also thanked the JMPD officers and guards for their sacrifices. He said they should know that the city is behind them.
“We salute you and all who have given their lives for the communities of Johannesburg. We thank the family for allowing their daughter to sacrifice her life to keep us safe.”
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