Gone, but not forgotten

2016-04-13 06:00

THE late Sergeant Dassie Naidoo was the third officer that paid the ultimate price in the execution and function of his duty in the South African Police Service on the fateful night, 20 years ago.

More than 20 years ago there was an urgent need for an efficient and effective crime prevention squad. Naidoo was an ideal candidate and was seconded to work with captains Kercy Pillay, Zulu Haffajee, Sauce Pillay, Mansingh and Major Pipes Haffajee. This was a formidable team that worked consistently and relentlessly to reduce crime in our suburbs and Naidoo could hold his own in practically any situation.

He was an outstanding team player who could not be replaced so he operated in that group for a number of years and was an outstanding man who could be relied on in and out of the workplace. He would never lose his cool, no matter what the situation.

On the fateful night it was not surprising that Naidoo would be found in the midst of this team. Alas, this would be his last.

The SAPS lost a man that can never be replaced in this day and age - a disciplinarian and an example to his juniors.

Naidoo left a wife and children.

Part of the cream of our crop in their formative years stolen forever.

Fallen, but not forgotten brother. You will always be remembered by your erstwhile colleagues and family­.

logan govender Pietermaritzburg

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