Lament to a stalwart

2019-01-30 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedA picture of the late Captain Dosi John Lamech taken 30 years ago shortly before he died.

PHOTO: suppliedA picture of the late Captain Dosi John Lamech taken 30 years ago shortly before he died.

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FORMER police officer, Logan Govender recently reached out to the Maritzburg Fever to honour a former colleague in arms and ex-officer, the late Captain Dosi John Lamech as he looks to begin the year remembering those who fought for the rights of our people.

“He was a perfectionist and a disciplinarian, yet he was a humble soul that members looked up to as a mentor and a fatherly figure. The captain had an eye for detail and could spot an infringement on the parade ground from afar,” said Govender.

He went on to say that while Lamech worked in Pietermaritzburg he developed long-lasting relationships with several Indian police officers who served under his skilled and experienced tutelage.

So great was Lamech’s influence that when the SAPS Academy was relocated to Chatsworth in 1992, a hall was named after him.

During 1986-88 Captain Lamech landed the prestige of being nominated the parade commander of the Military Tattoo, which was reserved entirely for white commissioned officers and it was usually held in Durban annually.

“The first impression of the captain was that he was a humble disciple of Christianity.

“He received many service medals, decorations, commendations and awards,” said Govender.

Lamech sadly died in his wife’s arms while they were dancing.

He collapsed and died on the spot.

“The captain will be remembered by all those lives that he touched be it via his service through the police or through his service in the church,” said Govender.

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