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It is with a sad and heavy heart that we learnt of the sudden passing of our dear Sgt M Walter Nxumalo on 7 October 2021. He was affectionately known a uBabaNxumalo as he was a likable and a very friendly person. He was a live wire among the retired members with his jovial manner.

We acknowledge that our Dad is gone to be with the Lord: “… absent from the body and to be present with the Lord.”

uBaba was born on 26 May 1940 at Wartburg, KwaZulu-Natal. His late dad was a prominent member of that community and being concerned about the education of the youth in that area, he kindly donated a piece of ground to enable the authorities to build a school on it. It was named after him as the “Martin Nxumalo Secondary School”.

Walter joined the Prison Service in 1960 and served at the Old Burger Street Jail before he was transferred to Durban Central Prison in 1961, thereafter he was sent to Richmond in 1962.

He joined the SA Police in 1963 because he wanted to serve and protect the citizens, he also wanted to be hands-on and be in the battlefield. That was his passion hence he served with integrity and honour.

On 8 April 1972, he married the love of his life, the beautiful Ntombi Virginia. Virginia was a school teacher. They have five children.

He was first stationed at Loop Street and then transferred to Plessislear Police Station where he served until he retired in 1993.

I remember uBaba as a respected policeman at Plessislaer and also among the community. He did not hesitate to walk into an explosive situation in an attempt to bring about calm and peace.

uBaba your kindness, goodness and light-heartedness is going to be missed. Thank you for serving us. I will miss you and the sweets you always gave me. Thank you for having served so faithfully and diligently.

“Death is the destiny of everyone; the living should take this to heart” - Ecclesiastes 7:2. Death reminds us of the brevity of life and that we only have a certain amount of time to live and love well. It loosens our grip on some of God’s good gifts - such as money, relationships and pleasure - and frees us to enjoy them in the here and now as we store up “treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” - Matthew 6:20.

I wish to convey my deepest sympathy and condolences to uMaNxumalo and family.
Hamba Kahle uBaba! Family, Sir, we salute you. Ukuhlonipha. May your soul RIP.

Logan Govender

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Pollex - January 2022

- S v Tilayi appeal case no: CA 22/2020 High Court Mthatha dated 9 March 2021 and 2021 (2) SACR 350 (ECM)
Mr Mbiyozo Zanodumo Tilayi, the accused, was convicted during a summary trial before the High Court in Mthatha (“the trial court”) of the following offences:
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Letters - January 2022

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