First Serjeant-at-Arms Godfrey Cleinwerck dies

2016-02-04 21:46

Cape Town - The Parliament of South Africa expressed their sadness over the passing away of the first Serjeant-at-Arms of the democratic Parliament, Godfrey Cleinwerck, on Thursday.

In a statement issued by the Parliament, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete and Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenoli expressed their condolences to Cleinwerck's family and friends.

Cleinwerck retired in 2011 after being Serjeant-at-Arms for 16 years.

"During this time, he announced former President Nelson Mandela's first entry into the [National Assembly] Chamber in 1994. In 1999 he again announced his procession out of the Chamber upon his retirement," Parliament said.

Andrew Mlangeni, speaking on behalf of the ANC, said that the Serjeant-at-Arms "Is the custodian of the mace and the authority of the speaker in the house".

Cleinwerck was a founding member of the South African Serjeant-at-Arms Association and as a founding member of the Commonwealth Association of Serjeant-at-Arms for Africa, he was elected chairperson in 2000.

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