Comment by John Robbie

Comment by John Robbie on Honouring a Brave Reservist

“Do you remember the name Marc Ishlove? I bet you’ve heard that before.

He was an experienced reservist at Fairland and he was very dedicated – an amazing guy, in fact, he was something of a legend.

A few years ago, he was shot and killed, when he went to the assistance of the police to catch an armed robber – it was absolutely terrible. I remember he was off-duty and in a coffee shop, where he answered the call and he went off with no protection at all, because that is what he did and he was shot and killed by a robber.

I remember being at the funeral – it was absolutely packed out and then-Commissioner Bheki Cele was there and he spoke.

Every year, in memory of this brave man, they have the annual Marc Ishlove shooting competition and it’s at the Golden City Shooting Range. Apparently, it’s the only event where all reservists from all stations get together with permanent members to practice their shooting. It’s also a big and highly thought out competition and as well as shooting practice, it also builds relationships between the reservists and the permanent members.

But for some reason, there is a problem and I don’t know why – it is not listed as an official training experience; probably because it is fun and there’s a competition aspect.

The ammunition is not provided and there’s a company called Nobleteq, an ammunition company and they’ve offered a very clean price to the organisers, but it is still R45,736.80 that is needed – that [amount] includes the tax.

I am asking now – is there a company that would be willing to sponsor the competition, in honour of a reservist who gave his life, fighting crime for you and me?

The event is on November the 2nd, in honour of Marc Ishlove.” – John Robbie

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