A memorial service has been held in Sea Point in Cape Town for slain SABC employee, Patrick Mgoqi. The 47-year-old technician was shot and killed at a car wash in Khayelitsha on Sunday evening after trying to protect a young woman from being assaulted. Police say no one has yet been arrested.
“Patrick did not turn away on that night when that woman whom he did not know needed his help. Many people do not want to get involved but Patrick did the right thing, his death brought home the senseless violence which is prevalent in the Cape Flats. How ironic that Patrick died because he intervened when a woman was assaulted,” says SABC Western Cape regional manager Kenneth Makatees.
Mgoqi was remembered by his colleagues as passionate, dedicated to his work and never afraid to share his professional skill with others.
Gallery of Mgoqi’s memorial:
Pat, as he was affectionately known, was also a loving family man. His wife Lisakhanya says he will be sorely missed.
“He was a loving person, he would go an extra mile for anyone at home, he was a loving husband, a loving father he loved his children very much. He would do anything, he would die for them, we have lost,” says Lisakhanya.
She says the news of his death has not sunk in yet.
“Yesterday Sisonke, our last born, said mama it seems daddy is going to come back, this has just not sunk in. We are still waiting for him to come over while we know he’s no more, but it feels as if he’s coming back,” Lisakhanya added.
Friends and colleagues remembered him as an over achiever.
Details of his burial are yet to be announced.