Local hero, Ashraf Stemmet killed protecting his community

Andre Rushin and Ashraf Stemmet, two police reservists in Mitchells Plain were nominated as local hero's by the community they served three years ago.

They had been drafted along with 52 other reservists as part of a strategic plan to address the endemic problem of gangs and drugs in the area.

Tragically, Ashraf Stemmer (38), an armed response security guard for Sepro Security, was fatally wounded on Thursday afternoon in Sombro Street, KTC, in Gugulethu.

Stemmet was apparently on patrol in the Gugulethu and Nyanga area when he was shot in the head and his service pistol taken.

Michael Jacobs from Mitchells Plain described Stemmet as a passionate person who lived for his community and their safety.

Stemmet was buried on Friday morning.

He was a humble person that always put the needs of others before his own. He enjoyed fighting crime and working in the community.

Phaldie Hendricks , father of Ashraf Stemmer

Lead SA extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Ashraf Stemmet, a tragic loss for South Africa, and all who knew him.

Read their nomination below:

NOMINATED BY **Firzana Parker**

On Tuesday 12/03/13, my home was burgled at about 13:30.

About an hour later at 14:30 I received a call from two reservists Rushin & Stemmet. They were patrolling the Mitchells Plain town centre area at the time when they came across a very suspicious looking character with a ladies handbag filled with jewellery.

They approached the suspect & persisted to investigate the bag where they fortunately then found a retail receipt with my details linking the bag & goods to me.

They then contacted me to confirm that the stolen bag & jewellery belonged to me & were then able to arrest the suspect & recover my goods.

These men went beyond their call of duty & deserve to be recognize.

Listen to the interview CapeTalk's John Maytham did with Ashraf Stemmet and colleague Andre Rushin, in 2013 after being nominated as a Lead SA hero:

CapeTalk's Pippa Hudson spoke to Western Cape SAPS Communication officer, FC van Wyk, who is asking the community to come forward with any information.

Contact Crime Stop 0860010111.

No arrests have been made.


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