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Police ask Jegels family to not associate her death with Men in Blue


During a visit to Leighandre ‘Baby Lee’ Jegels’ family on Thursday, Cambridge police station commander, Brigadier Phumla Mdlankomo, appealed to the family to not associate this unfortunate incident with the men and women in blue.



“The fight against gender-based violence is the priority of the SAPS,” she said.


Jegels was brutally shot and killed by her police sergeant boyfriend in August and her mother was seriously wounded on the Voortreker Road, in East London. Speaking to the family, Brigadier Mdlankomo said the visit was instructed by the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga who is currently away on business.


The police were joined by the Mdantsane Women's Network and Men for Change for a candlelight prayer. Also present was Brigadier Mhlangenqaba Kanuka, East London cluster commander, and East London station commander, Brigadier Mxolisi Mqotyana.


“We are here to pray and cry with you during this dark moment. We are not here because the perpetrator was a police officer but only because you are the victims of gender-based violence, which as the SAPS, we do not condone,” said Mdlankomo.

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