Su­per-cop hon­oured

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - NOKUTHULA ZWANE nokuthula.zwane@inl.co.za @Zwane_2li2ls

HUN­DREDS of rel­a­tives and friends of the hum­ble su­per-cop Piet Byleveld, who died last month at the age of 66, cel­e­brated his life with heart­felt tributes and per­sonal let­ters at his fu­neral yes­ter­day.

The legendary de­tec­tive died on May 24 af­ter los­ing his lengthy bat­tle against lung cancer.

His wife El­ize wrote a let­ter in which she ex­pressed that he was the love of her life and thanked him for his amaz­ing cof­fee and pam­per­ing as well as for his love and pa­tience.

“Dankie vir al jou liefde, geduld en bed­erf. Jy het n spe­siale plekkie in my hart, die pint van my hart, daar sal

jy bly. (Thank you for your love, pa­tience and spoil­ing. You have a spe­cial place in my heart and that is where you will al­ways stay),” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to El­ize, her “skat­te­bol’s” fi­nal con­ver­sa­tions with her were very emo­tional and she re­called how he asked her not to be shy to cry as not do­ing so would af­fect her in the long run.

Byleveld did not have chil­dren of his own but was fa­ther and grand­fa­ther to his wife’s chil­dren.

El­ize was the su­per-sleuth’s sec­ond wife, who he mar­ried in 2011.

Mem­bers of the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Author­ity (NPA) and the South African Po­lice Ser­vice hon­oured Byleveld as a great de­tec­tive.

Ad­vo­cate Yolinda Frei­mond said the me­mo­rial ser­vice was “about all of us com­ing to­gether, giv­ing back to him re­spect and time.”

Ad­vo­cate Her­man Broodryk, also from the NPA, paid homage to his friend and col­league by de­scrib­ing var­i­ous court ex­pe­ri­ences.

Ac­cord­ing to Broodryk, Byleveld worked on ex­cep­tional cases, which in­cluded the Bruma Lake se­rial killer and the Leigh Matthews mur­der cases.

“The man never slept. He was al­ways alert and pre­pared to take on the most dif­fi­cult cases,” said Broodryk.

“Over the years, a lot has been said about Piet Byleveld’s pow­ers as a de­tec­tive, and I sub­scribe to all of that.”

“One (case) that was close to my heart is the prose­cu­tion for the Bruma Lake se­rial killer, which I did my­self in 2001-2002.

“I will rather give you a glimpse of the real Piet Byleveld.

“He was a man who cared, his hu­man­ity never faulted, even in the face of evil,” he said.

Broodryk said his friend al­ways re­mained calm in the wit­ness box, and de­manded to tes­tify in Afrikaans.

Byleveld’s body left the Rose­bank Union Church in Sand­ton, where the ser­vice was held, in a cof­fin that was placed on a bed of roses be­fore mov­ing to the cre­ma­to­rium.

PIC­TURE: NH­LANHLA PHILLIPS

LEG­END: The fu­neral ser­vice of legendary de­tec­tive Piet Byleveld was held at the Rose­bank Union Church yes­ter­day.

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