Lighting’ fallen officers

2017-07-04 15:46
A memorial wall to honour City of Cape Town security officers who died in the line of duty was unveiled on Thursday.

A memorial wall to honour City of Cape Town security officers who died in the line of duty was unveiled on Thursday.

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A memorial wall to honour City of Cape Town officers who died in the line of duty has been unveiled.

The City’s safety and security directorate’s memorial wall at the Cape Town Civic Centre was unveiled on Thursday.

The wall on the concourse level of the civic centre lists the names of 24 staff members who had died in the line of duty since 1907.

The memorial contains five silhouettes representing the departments of the safety and security directorate (Metro Police, Traffic Services, Law Enforcement, the Fire and Rescue Service and Disaster Risk Management) along with a list of names in whose memory it has been erected.

The R300 000 project will pay tribute to the City’s safety and security staff members who died in the line of duty, JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security, previously told People’s Post (“Honouring fallen heroes”, 28 June 2016).

The wall uses light to embody the memory of those who have given their lives in the line of duty, Smith said in a recent statement. “The halo effect around the silhouettes allows the viewer to focus on the illumination rather than a fixed object, i.e. on their life rather than death. The memorial also creates a sense of solemnity in order to be respectful of the families who have been deeply affected through their loss. The darker background thus creates a ‘quiet space’ for reflection and memory,” he said.

“I tip my hat to those who don the uniform on behalf of the City, day in and day out, to make a difference and I also hold those for whom the journey was so abruptly halted dear to my heart for their contributions. This memorial wall is but a small token of my and the City’s appreciation for their ­service.”

Community policing forum chairperson Nicola Jowell previously told People’s Post that “men and women of all law enforcement offices put their lives on the line for each and every member of our country”.

“How sad that too often they end up paying the ultimate price and losing their lives. It is more than fitting that as a community we create a space that enables their memory, dedication and ultimate sacrifice to be remembered and importantly honoured.

“The wish is that the visual image of the scale of the problem will make people either reform their ways or work with law enforcement agencies to root out this crime. But sadly the problem is so vast that the level of intervention required is so significant. But I do think that it will make people realise the scale of the problem."

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