The shooting of Const Donay Delano Phillips in a Cape Town hospital deprived SA of a great talent.
Mourners at a memorial service at Life Church in Sea Point on Friday heard from the 32- the love of year-olds to music and sports and his leadership skills.
Phillips’ older brother, Shane, said the slain police officer was disciplined and devoted to his work and family.
Phillips joined the police force in 2016 and worked at Harare Police Station in Khayelitsha before being transferred to Sea Point in 2020.
“He created wonderful artwork,” said Shane.
“His artwork found Recognition from several institutions. I think his love of art has also given him a great fashion sense. He managed to design his own prom outfit.”
Phillips tried several things before joining SAPS. “He started out in media and graphic design… and graduated in 2010.”
After working in a clothing store for three years, “Donay tried his luck in the cutthroat music industry between 2013 and 2016. He and his close friend formed a hip hop duo called Swaggatude. They were rappers. They managed to release an album. Donay also did beats for this album and the artwork for the album. You also auditioned twice for SA’s Got Talent back then.”
Shane said his brother was proud to be a cop.
“It was definitely what he wanted to do. One can even say that he saw it as his vocation. On one of his WhatsApp posts was a picture of a police star and he captioned it: ‘To some it’s just a star, to others it’s a family crest’ And I think that sums it up nicely.”
Shane said Phillips got engaged on March 6th. “Donay will be remembered as a gentleman who grew up in a home that instilled in him strong values and principles.
“He paved his way through life with those values and principles. He greeted everyone with a warm and friendly smile. He was very respectful. He was very disciplined and approached everything he did with the utmost pride and dedication.
“Donay was also a godly man who lived his life by faith. He had a deep love for his family. He had a very special bond with his parents, communicating with them on a daily basis and making sure they were looked after at all times.”
Phillips was also passionate about rugby and football. “He was a passionate Springboks supporter and showed his emotions at every game.
“I remember how proud he was when he had the opportunity to accompany the Springboks to the Cape Town stadium the British and Irish Lions toured here in 2021.
“These are the memories we will always cherish.”
Phillips and two patients were hospitalized on Saturday at the New Somerset Hospital shot dead when another patient allegedly grabbed his service pistol and opened fire. Both patients died on the spot. Phillips died of his injuries on Sunday.
Former police officer Jean-Paul Malgas, 39, was arrested in connection with the incident. He appeared in Cape Town Magistrates Court on three counts of murder and charges of robbery, possession of an unlicensed firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition. His case has been postponed to June 30 for further investigation.
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