Item 847 - Message from President Nelson Mandela to the funeral of Warren Geldenhuys

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Message from President Nelson Mandela to the funeral of Warren Geldenhuys


  • 1998-06-04 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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South African Government Information Website (

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funeral of Warren Geldenhuys

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I was deeply shocked to hear of the shooting incident last Friday on the N2 highway near Somerset West which resulted in the death of Mr Warren Geldenhuys and the serious injury to his colleague.

Mr Geldenhuys died in the service of his people and his country. He is an example of the many South Africans who have put their lives and families in jeopardy to ensure that we have safety and security as well as respect for our laws. The Ministries of Safety and Security and Transport both at a national and provincial level have assured me that no stone will be left unturned until the perpetrators of this heinous crime are brought to book.

Tragically, this is yet another indication of the dangerous conditions under which our law enforcement officers work. It calls on us to continue devising ways of improving the security of our personnel while on duty. I am pleased to note that the provincial MEC has already announced some initial measures to improve the situation.

My sincere condolence to the wife of Warren Geldenhuys and his two children, as well as relatives and friends.

Nelson Mandela

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Acquisition method: From website ; Source: South African Government Information Website. Accessioned on 20/12/06 by Helen Joannides




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