City of Cape Town holds memorial service honouring DC Makosandile Mbhokwhe
A Guard of Honour at eight fire stations preceded a memorial service for Divisional Commander Makosandile Mbhokhwe who succumbed to COVID-19 earlier this week. The City of Cape Town paid tribute today to one of its fire fighters who was lost to COVID-19. DC Makosandile Mbhokhwe (Mac) age 48, was based at the Fire and Rescue Service Training Academy in Epping and passed away in hospital on Sunday, 21 June 2020. Mbhokhwe is survived by his wife and three children.
“Divisional Commander Makosandile Mbhokhwe will be sorely missed by his colleagues. He was a credit to the Fire and Rescue Service and was also named Officer of the Year at the 2018 Safety and Security Annual Awards, a testament to his calibre and contribution to the Service. The City expresses its heartfelt condolences to his family and friends during this very difficult time, as well as his colleagues. This is the first staff member that the Fire and Rescue Service has lost to COVID-19 and we hope that the department will be spared any further loss of life,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
“Normally we tend to express acknowledgement for a person posthumously. In this case, we were indeed able to honour him with our Officer of the Year award while he was still with us - a rare privilege indeed,” said executive director for Safety and Security, Richard Bosman.
As a result of COVID-19 protocols prohibiting large gatherings, the City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service facilitated a Guard of Honour that visited eight fire stations across the metropole this morning, to allow staff to pay their last respects. This included Epping, Milnerton, Roeland Street, Lakeside, Mitchells Plain, Strand, Belhar and Goodwood. A memorial service was held at the Goodwood Civic Centre after the Guard of Honour, in line with COVID-19 protocols.
The Guard of Honour allowed staff members to observe a moment of silence and give the final salute to a very deserving officer. Tributes from the Head of the Training Academy, Clinton where he last served, from Chief Fire Officer Ian Schnetler, from Alderman Smith and from his family were observed at a solemn ceremony at the Civic Centre, where the tributes and the reading of the Fire Fighter’s Prayer and the tolling of the final bell in his honour took place.
“We have been blessed as the City to have been a part of Officer Mbokwhe’s life. I have such fond memories of him and think back to his soft-hearted nature, his kindness, his humble spirit and above all, he was a person who led his team with the utmost integrity! These qualities are rare and our friend and colleague will be sorely missed; he was a true officer and a gentleman,” added Alderman Smith.
Fire and Rescue International offer our deepest condolences to DC Mbhokhwe’s family, friends and colleagues. It was an honour to have known you, Sir. Rest in Peace.
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