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Overstrand traffic officer’s memorial service draws huge crowd

Nov 15, 2017
Overstrand traffic officer’s memorial service draws huge crowd

The Zwelihle Community Hall in Hermanus was packed to capacity on Friday, 10 November 2017 as hundreds gathered to pay their respects to one of Overstrand’s recently deceased law enforcement officials.

A prayer and scripture reading by Chaplain Mark Robson signalled the start of the service to honour the life and legacy of Traffic Officer, Asandiswa Sigwili.  The specially held ceremony, organised by the protection services department she was a part of, was attended by scores of people who had come to show their support for the relatives and to hear the many tributes paid to Sigwili.

Asa, as the 35 year-old was affectionately known, was said to have been spiritual, humble, gentle, peace-loving and devoted to her family – particularly her teenage daughter, who is currently in matric at Hermanus High.

Director of Protection Services, Neville Michaels stated that Asa had been a dedicated, loyal and dependable employee that would be sorely missed.  “In the five years Asa’s served the Overstrand, she showed a hunger to learn and clocked up a number of qualifications.  She was extremely hard working and a very giving person.  Testimony to this was the many different community projects she was involved with.”

Attendees were visibly moved as Chaplain Robson on bagpipe filled the room with the beautiful and soulful chord of ‘Amazing Grace’; setting the tone for the fond memories – and at times humerous anecdotes of Asa – that was shared by family, friends and co-workers.

After extending a vote of thanks to the municipality, organiser Snr Insp Zingani Tshefu, medical staff and the community, the event concluded with Asa’s loved ones filing out of the hall on the back of an energetic drill down demonstration given by candidates of the Chrysalis Academy Intern Programme.

Asa died on 4 November this year after a short illness. Her funeral will be held in her hometown in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, 18 November.