Farewell to Mowbray station commander

2019-08-06 06:01
A well attended sending off for one of our country’s heroes gone too soon.PHOTO: Benita Jaftha

A well attended sending off for one of our country’s heroes gone too soon.PHOTO: Benita Jaftha

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Police officers, community leaders and family paid tribute to the late Mowbray police station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Jairaj Rameshwarnath, on Monday 29 July at a church in Mowbray.

He was celebrated for the man he was during a warm, respectful memorial service hosted at the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Rameshwarnath (50) passed away on Sunday 21 July, having succumbed to heart-related complications.

“He was a remarkable man,” said his wife, Umavathie Rameshwarnath, after the ceremony.

“It would’ve been his 30th year with the police force in September. He would have turned 50 (August 31),” she said.

Rameshwarnath, who began his career in Durban, was a very religious man.

During the span of his career, he also served in Gauteng before finally ending his watch in Cape Town, where he was the acting incumbent station commander at Mowbray police station. He had been working at the station since December 2018.

Police officers, friends and community members whose lives were touched by the late officer filled the church as they came out to show their respects and in support of the family; Umavathie, daughters Reenysha and Reesha Rameshwarnath, as well as Reichemyre Sabera; and son Reichen Rameshwarnath.

“I can see a lot of my husband’s values in my children,” said Umavathie.

She added: “He was born Hindu, but as the years went by, we were married both ways. He is survived by his four children.”

“We lost a great leader and we wonder if there will be another leader like him,” said Reverend George Mpho Molebati, speaking on behalf of Victim Empowerment Programme.

He resided in Grassy Park with his family. 

“He was a simple man, he was humble, gentle, always trying to keep the peace,” said Brian Naidoo, at the end of the well-attended service. 

“He maintained a high work ethic.”

There was no shortage of beautiful words used to capture Jairaj’s life at the service.

“He was open, friendly, and he never lost his temper,” said Captain Dirk Crafford at the memorial service. 

“We will miss him deeply,” said Crafford

The programme was directed by Sergeant Jeremy Johnson from Claremont Police Station.

“He loved his family the most; always spoke of them,” said Johnson. “He advised foresight … very intelligent, very compassionate, jovial guy – always smiling, down to earth and wise.”

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