Chief Warrant Officer Vuyani Emmanuel Banga
The 10th of July 2021 marked one of the days that will go down in the history of the SA Army as a day of great loss and mourning characterised by the execution of the semi-military funeral of the late Formation Sergeant Major of the SA Army Air Defence Artillery, Chief Warrant Officer Vuyani Emmanuel Banga. The funeral proceedings were held at his home in Galeshewe, Kimberly, in the Northern Cape.
The General Officer Commanding SA Army Air Defence Artillery Formation, Brigadier General L.A. Puckree spoke of the fond memories that he had of his Formation Sergeant-Major. He mentioned that he never had a command and control problem with him, he was always dependable and he had so much guidance and wisdom to offer. Brigadier General L.A Puckree concluded his speech by saying “You have been an exemplary member of this Corps and it is an absolute honour to be a commander in the midst of soldiers such as yourself. Rest in peace Formation Sergeant Major”.
The Chief Mourner at this military funeral was Chief of the SA Army Lieutenant General L.K. Mbatha, he commenced by thanking the wife and the children of the late Formation Sergeant Major for the time that she allowed her husband to heed his call for duty. He commended them for the strength and the support that they gave to him during the years that he served in the South African National Defence Force. He further expressed sincere condolences to the family, friends and comrades in arms, i.e. the “the Pride of the Lions”.
He encouraged SA Army members to continue serving selflessly in honour of Chief Warrant Officer Banga. He emphasised the fact that Chief Warrant Officer Banga demonstrated through his commendable deeds that he joined the military as a noble calling.
The last respect afforded the deceased indeed gave a clear indication that the SA Army was living up to its commitment in relation to the Theme: To define and refine command and leadership as the critical success factor towards restoring the dignity of the SA Army to its Rightful Glory”.
Rest in Peace Chief Warrant Officer Vuyani Emmanuel Banga, the SA Army shall forever miss you.
Article by Captain Kefentse Mofokeng and Photographs by Gunner Wensley Shane Barties | SA Army.