In memory of a hero and a friend

2016-11-09 06:00

WARRANT Officer Cecil Louis Ebenezer Stone served SAPS Mountain Rise for a number of decades with selfless dedication, devotion and merit.

I met Stone when I was a rookie and learnt with much sadness and regret recently of his death in the Cape.

It was not uncommon for him to work throughout the night and return to work the following morning after freshening up. Stone concentrated his exceptional tracking ability on serious and heinous crimes. He had the propensity to track criminals like a bloodhound.

He was accompanied by one police officer at a time and informers whom he cultivated and nurtured on his own. Stone and his group were readily available at any time of the day or night.

Major Pipes Haffajee, his brother Captain Zulu and Captain A.K. Pillay were the few officers, who had the privilege of working with Stone at this very dangerous task.

He alone walked up the treacherous Haythorne Hill on several occasions to observe the serial rapist and murderer of “Haythorne Hill”.

I recall when I had just completed my basic training that a number of serious robberies were being committed against heavy duty truck drivers, who pulled over to nap overnight near the Church Street overhead bridge.

The truck windows were smashed and the drivers were stabbed and robbed of their valuable loads.

Another rape comes to mind that occurred in Claridge. The suspect fled his home in Mattisons, and Stone and Haffajjee carried out surveillance of the home, which was situated in a cane field. Torrential rain fell throughout the night until the suspect arrived the next morning, whereupon a successful arrest and conviction followed.

Stone, together with captains Pakkiry, Holby, A.K. Pillay and the late Detective Mottai, were responsible for the arrest and successful conviction of numerous murderers in PMB. Stone and many of these men we recommended by the judges of the then Supreme Courts of SA.

We, the former colleagues of an exceptionally great, model policeman, salute you. May your soul rest in peace.

To his family, thank you for placing him on the sacrificial altar to serve the community of PMB and the Midlands. Stone will be seen as a true hero and will be hailed as such. RIP our hero.


LOGAN GOVENDER

Pietermaritzburg

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