- The City of Cape Town held its annual Remembrance Day on Saturday.
- Since 1907, 36 staff members died in the line of duty, while 26 succumbed to Covid-19 in the past two years.
- Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has commended the brave women and men who go out daily to serve the province.
The City of Cape Town held its annual Remembrance Day service at the Civic Centre on Saturday in honour of fallen enforcement and emergency service staff.
Since 1907, 36 staff members had died in the line of duty, while in the past two years, 26 succumbed to Covid-19.
According to the city, the inaugural event was first hosted in 2017, when the Safety and Security Directorate’s memorial wall at the Cape Town Civic Centre was first unveiled.
Today we honoured the sacrifices made by our dedicated Safety & Security officers, both those no longer with us and those still serving.— Geordin Hill-Lewis (@geordinhl) August 6, 2022
They put their lives at risk to make our city a safer place and for this we thank them and their families. https://t.co/Tp9FbseTja pic.twitter.com/aFMtdJLPH0
The memorial features five silhouettes representing the directorate's departments: Metro police, traffic services, law enforcement, the fire and rescue service, and disaster risk management, along with a list of names of those in whose memory it had been erected.
Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis, who was in attendance, commended the brave women and men who went out daily to serve the country while putting their lives at risk.
"Every day, the courageous women and men of the City of Cape Town’s Metro police department, law enforcement, traffic services and fire services put on their uniforms and badges and go out to protect us and our communities in every part of the city. We know that sometimes their duty calls on them to place themselves in harm’s way and pay a solemn tribute to those who have given their lives in service of the residents of Cape Town,” said Hill-Lewis.
He said thousands of staff members devote themselves to the safety of others, day after day, often under very difficult circumstances.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security, Alderman JP Smith said there were still family members who were struggling with the loss of their loved ones who had died in the line of duty.
"We owe them an enormous debt of gratitude for their commitment and dedication. To their loved ones, and to us as colleagues, many of whom are still struggling with the loss, I want to ask that we keep honouring their legacy," said Smith.