Good turnout at ex-cops’ reunion

2016-09-05 10:20
(From left) Former policemen Jerome de Villiers, Johnny Govender, Bob Sewpersad, Bala Naidoo, Henry Budhram, George Ngcamu and Logan Govender attended the first police reunion of many more to come.

(From left) Former policemen Jerome de Villiers, Johnny Govender, Bob Sewpersad, Bala Naidoo, Henry Budhram, George Ngcamu and Logan Govender attended the first police reunion of many more to come. (Chelsea Pieterse)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Former policemen from around the city gathered on the weekend to relive the good times, share the bad, and reunite with old friends.

Former brigadiers, captains and colonels from many different units such as the K9 and narcotics unit, crime prevention, station commanders and ex-communications officers met at Deccan Road Primary for the first time in years on Saturday.

The reunion was initiated by former policeman Brigadier Bala Naidoo, who said the reason for the event was to bring former policemen together so they could talk about their careers with people who had similar experiences.

“Here they can share stories and memories in an environment that understands,” said Naidoo.

One by one, former policemen stood up and walked to the front where they shared their favourite memories of being in the police force.

Former Plessislaer police officer Logan Govender said he was ecstatic to see the reunion had a “good” turnout.

“We do not see each other often, as we all live apart, but today has been wonderful,” said Govender.

“Brigadier Naidoo initiated the reunion and at first we thought everybody would just stand up and introduce themselves and then talk among themselves.

“But people started talking about their careers, the good times and the bad, where everyone here can understand what they have been through.”

Govender said an association where ex-policemen could meet regularly is in the pipeline.

“It is very important that we keep up with the well-being of our former policemen,” he said.

“If anyone is having problems, we want to be able to be there for them, to help in any way that we can.”

The group of around 40 policemen, some who had recently retired and others who had retired years ago, said their work was what bonded them together. Being able to share stories with people who understood was helpful for them going forward, they said.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

Read more on:    pietermaritzburg  |  retired police reunion

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
INFOGRAPHIC: New thinking required for retirement

Everything we believe about retirement is fast becoming outdated.

PARTNER CONTENT
WATCH: How education can change a life

A university education gives students the chance to create a better future for themselves, their families and to opportunity achieve their dreams.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.