Brigadier signs off from SAPS

2016-06-02 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Brigadier Morris Moodley retired this week.

PHOTO: supplied Brigadier Morris Moodley retired this week.

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AFTER completing 41 years of service in the SAPS, Brigadier Murugas (Morris) Moodley will go on a well deserved retirement from official police duties.

Moodley joined the SAPS in 1975 after completing his training as a student at Chatsworth Police College.

On 1 September, 1979 he became a detective constable after receiving internal training in the detective environment.

He was then promoted to detective sergeant in 1981 and followed the ranks up to detective major in 1993.

During this time he completed several courses - Frontline leadership development programme, street survival: use of firearms, station management, crime prevention programme and statement-taking for detectives course.

He completed several courses and underwent many training sessions related to his job.

During his career he also received a 10, 20, 30 and 40 years’ service medals as well as the SAPS 75th anniversary commemorative medal and the Soccer World Cup 2010 support medal.

Most of his career was spent in the detective environment and colleagues say he will always be remembered for his thorough investigation in criminal cases.

He served in this field at Bethelsdorp SAPS, Port Shepstone SAPS, Margate SAPS and was later stationed at the then Murder and Robbery Unit in Port Shepstone.

He was also the detective head at Umzimkhulu Area Commisioner’s office during 1997 and worked at the provincial general crime investigation office during 2000. In 2003 he became the Deputy Area Commissioner at Umzimkhulu Area until he took up the reins as cluster commander of Margate SAPS in 2009.

Last year he started at Ugu cluster office as the head of visible policing and is the acting cluster commander of Ugu cluster.

Colleague, Colonel Bongani Sibiya, detective head at Port Shepstone police station, describes Moodley as a seasoned detective from whom he learnt a lot.

“Brigadier Moodley will be remembered as an officer who took pride in his work as a policeman. He was always thorough and meticulous in the execution of his duties and we will cherish the perfect example he set as being a disciplined police officer.

“We wish him a well deserved rest with his family,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid. - Supplied.

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