More than 300 people packed Woodstock Town Hall to pay their last respects to popular policeman Warrant Officer Hilton Malila.
The Malila family, Woodstock police, community police forum members, the Woodstock Improvement District and ordinary residents attended last Thursday’s memorial service.
Woodstock police station commander Colonel Duma Ntsezo hailed Warrant Officer Malila as a good organiser and communicator.
“He set high standards for his colleagues, and he was more than a police officer, he was the ‘glue’ that kept everyone together in the community.”
Warrant Officer Malila’s brother, Harry Malila, said the pride his brother had had in serving the police and the community was the same pride he had had in his family.
“We can only cherish what he did for his family and the community to make a brighter side of life for Woodstock,” he said.
Warrant Officer Malila’s funeral was held at the Sharon Assembly of God Church in Valhalla park last Saturday.