Pastor to spread Christmas cheer among on-duty police

2012-11-28 00:00

PASTOR Tony Naiker has come up with a plan to keep the spirit of Christmas alive among the police.

The idea was mainly inspired by the fact that most members will not be spending Christmas Day with their families because they will be on duty.

On December 4 Naiker, his congregation (Church of Galilee) and others will be visiting Prestbury police station and on December 6 they will be going to Pietermaritzburg police station to sing Christmas carols, say prayers and also give words of encouragement.

“This is something very positive. Most of our members will not go on leave. These members are in dampened spirits,” Naiker told The Witness.

Eight years ago Naiker, who has been with the SAPS for 25 years, became a chaplain.

He acts as a spiritual leader, instilling spirituality within the people he works with. His duties include supporting police members and their families, praying for them, encouraging and motivating them.

“I love and enjoy what I do,” Naiker said, adding that he is on permanent standby.

He said he knows the feeling of not being with your family around Christmas and wants to support others who will be experiencing that this year.

“I remember not being with my family often. I would get called out and would have to leave my family or Christmas lunch for the job.” Naiker also praised his colleagues and described them as “dedicated”.

“This is a challenging job. They get exposed to gruesome scenes but still give their lives to fight crime,” he said.

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