Min­is­ter hon­ours fire­fighter


CO-OP­ER­A­TIVE Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Zweli Mkhize ex­tended his con­do­lences to the fam­ily and col­leagues of a fire­fighter killed when the truck he was trav­el­ling in over­turned and rolled down Mitchell’s Pass near Worces­ter.

Two re­servist firefighters Hein­rich Matthyssen, 29, and Corbin Cupido, 20, were ad­mit­ted to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal for ob­ser­va­tion.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Sun­day while the fire­fighter and his team were re­turn­ing from fight­ing fires.

Mkhize said: “It is with deep sad­ness that we learnt of the death of Colin Reyn­hard, 55, who died when their truck over­turned in in­clement weather.

“Reyn­hard and his team are the kind of pa­trons who do their jobs with ded­i­ca­tion and los­ing such an ex­pe­ri­enced fire­fighter is a se­ri­ous blow.

“We have his fam­ily in our prayers at this time and we also pray for the speedy re­cov­ery of the other two younger team mem­bers.”

Reyn­hard, was an ex­pe­ri­enced fire­fighter who joined the fire ser­vices in 2003.

Mkhize said he was the sec­ond fire­fighter to die in the area.

An­other fire­fighter, Nico Heyns, died when his he­li­copter crashed while fight­ing a blaze in Ver­maak­likheid around the Gar­den Route area.

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