SAPS says goodbye to top female officer

2015-11-26 06:00
PHOTO: supplied Lieutenant-Colonel Lizet Esterhuyse is leaving the left Port Shepstone SAPS when she retires this month.

PHOTO: supplied Lieutenant-Colonel Lizet Esterhuyse is leaving the left Port Shepstone SAPS when she retires this month.

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A DEARLY loved senior policewoman will be saying goodbye to her colleagues on the South Coast at the end of November when she retires and moves to Namaqualand.

Lieutenant-Colonel Lizet Esterhuyse started her police career in 1974 when she trained, and was then posted to Windhoek where she became the first police woman there. Thereafter she was stationed at Pretoria SAPS head office for a long time where she performed duties under top management, and during this time attended many conferences abroad.

In 1988 she attended the International World Congress for Police Women in Israel and from there went to Greece. In September 1993 she was part of a delegation for the International Association of Chief of Police who went to St Louis, Missouri in the U.S. The next month she again attended the International World Congress for Police Women in Vancouver, Canada.

In 1995 Esterhuyse transferred to Port Shepstone where she was attached to the administration component until her retirement.

She was born in Zambia and also lived with her parents in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia where her father was a minister at the Dutch Reformed Church.

“She will be remembered by all her colleagues as warm hearted, sincere person and always prepared to listen and help when help was needed,” said police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Zandra Wiid.

“She was a police woman in the true sense of the word and wore her blue uniform with pride for almost 40 years. We all wish her well on her road ahead,” she added. - Supplied.

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