KwaDukuza mourns the loss of ‘law enforcement giant’ Eddie Boaventura

The violent death of KwaDukuza Municipality (KDM) traffic warden Superintendent Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Boaventura (59) has shocked the community.

Hundreds of messages of support to his family and friends have since poured in on social media.

Last Friday, Boaventura stopped a car fleeing a robbery at the Vodacom cellphone store in the KwaDukuza mall.

It is understood he pulled over the car for erratic driving in his role as a traffic cop.

When he approached the driver’s side, Boaventura was shot five times in the chest, the robbers stole his pistol before leaving him on the side of the road.

Although he was quickly airlifted to a hospital in Pietermaritzburg, his injuries were too severe and he died on Friday evening.

Less than a year from his retirement from law enforcement, Boaventura had just bought flowers and chocolates for his wife Retha, who was celebrating her birthday.

Raised in Ballito from the age of three, Boaventura attended Umhlali Prep and Stanger High School with his younger brothers, Luiz and Fernando.

The Boaventura brothers – Fernando, Eddie and Luiz.

“He was the perfect big brother and son, always there in a heartbeat to help and give advice. We miss him so much,” Fernando said.

While at Umhlali Prep, he met his lifelong friend Marcel Thome, also a resident of Ballito.

“We quickly became fast friends, alongside another friend of ours who sadly also passed away. We were called the Three Musketeers. He was one of the most upright, honorable and kind men I have ever met,” Thome said.

He spent three years with the SANDF after school before studying at the Johannesburg College of Education.

While in Johannesburg, he married his first wife Wendy June Westcott, with whom he had a son, Joao, and a daughter, Sasha-lee.

Joao and his wife live in Canada with Boaventura’s granddaughter, whom he planned to meet in person next year.

He worked in the Johannesburg Metro Police Traffic Department before returning to Ballito in the mid-2000s, working with KDM’s Traffic Department until his death.

After graduating from Stanger High School, Boaventura spent three years at SANDF.

Besides his children, Boaventura leaves behind his second wife, Retha, his two brothers and his mother.

Boaventura has been described by police colleagues as “a law enforcement giant, an honest, straight arrow who cared only about improving his communities.”

KDM Mayor Lindile Nhaca lamented the loss.

“I send my deepest condolences to his family, colleagues and friends, in the hope that they find comfort in knowing that they are not alone. We call on all law enforcement agencies to work collectively to ensure that those responsible for the murder of Commissioner Boaventura face the full force of the law,” she said.

Joao and his family are trying to leave Canada at short notice and have appealed for all possible help to make this possible.

If you would like to help, visit www.gofundme.com/f/officer-boaventura-grandfather-taken-too-soon.


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