Sad­ness at loss of vet­eran fire­fighter

The Mercury - - METRO - (ANA) |

CO-OP­ER­A­TIVE Gov­er­nance and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs Min­is­ter Zweli Mkhize ex­tended his con­do­lences yes­ter­day to the fam­ily and col­leagues of a fire­fighter who was killed when his truck over­turned and rolled down a pass.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened on Sun­day in Mitchell’s Pass near Worces­ter as the team was 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. 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 two younger team mem­bers, Hein­rich Matthyssen, 29, and Corbin Cupido, 20.”

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

Nico Heyns died when his he­li­copter crashed while fight­ing a blaze in Ver­maak­likheid.

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