Eighteen WC law enforcement officers remembered at wreath-laying ceremony

The Western Cape’s Mobility MEC, Daylin Mitchell, honoured eighteen law enforcement heroes, on Monday, who lost their lives, with a wreath-laying ceremony.

The wreath laying ceremony held at the Gene Louw Traffic College in Brackenfell  is an annual event conducted by Provincial Traffic to commemorate and honour uniformed officers in the Western Cape, who died in the line of duty. This ceremony are remembered and honoured during national Transport Month.

The construction of the Wall of Remembrance was specially built at the Gene Louw Traffic College, which is where most traffic officers within the Western Cape, received their initial training.

PICTURE: WCG Mobility Department

‘’The laying of wreaths is an integral part of many remembrance services and highlights the functional and commemorative roles our 18 officers have formed part of. Through this gesture, we could pay our respect to the fallen heroes who are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters who made the final sacrifice for this Province.’’

PICTURE: WCG Mobility Department

Mitchell was joined by relatives of some of the fallen heroes at the wreath-laying ceremony.

‘’So, other than paying our respect to our fallen colleagues today, we also acknowledge and recognise their family and loved ones who supported our heroes throughout their careers. The death of a loved one is a great burden to bear. I hope that this ceremony will bring you a little comfort as we honour them.’’

‘’We owe our fallen heroes enormous gratitude for contribution they made in a challenging environment where officers must apply the Rule of Law to ensure a safer road network across the Western Cape.’’

The MEC has called citizens to be safe on the roads.

 ‘’It is unfortunate that too many road users are still losing their lives on our roads due to negligence and a complete disregard to fellow road users. Families lose loved ones such as parents who are breadwinners and children their parents due to these road accidents.’’

 ‘’I am forever grateful to each and every courageous man and woman who went beyond their call of duty to ensure that our road users are safe while using the Western Cape road network. I salute you!,’’ added Mitchell


Done by: Mitchum George


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