‘A great loss to police’

2014-11-03 00:00

POPULAR Howick police station communications officer Lolly Moodley died suddenly yesterday morning.

Friend and colleague, Captain Dennis Pillay said Moodley suffered a severe heart attack early yesterday morning.

“He had a breathing problem and he was hospitalised, but we all thought he would be fine.”

Pillay said his friend’s death came as a shock to everyone, especially as he was only 41.

“His family is traumatised. He left behind two small children.

“I am really gutted by this loss and it will take a lot of time to overcome,” said Pillay. “He was a fantastic person.”

Moodley got on with everyone at the Howick police station, Pillay said. “He will be extremely difficult to replace. It is a great loss to the police.”

Although Moodley was in a management position at the station, Pillay said he was always eager to get out into the field to apprehend criminals.

Pillay recalled an evening in 2012, which was reported in the press, when three men broke into his home and Moodley single-handedly arrested the intruders.

Howick station commander Lieutenant Colonel Richard Nyide said it had been an honour working with Moodley. “He was one of the best officers in the station.”

Pillay said Moodley conducted himself in a professional manner and always worked hard.

Pillay said he had many friends in the community as well as the workplace and he would be missed by all who knew him.

Moodley’s death is not only a loss to the police community, but to journalism too.

The Witness news editor Stephanie Saville said Moddley was always efficient as well as friendly and approachable.

“Nothing we asked him was ever too much trouble. On numerous occasions he assisted The Witness with information we needed for crime stories even when he was on leave.

“When the police lose a spokesperson of Captain Moodley’s calibre, it’s all of us who suffer because we lose much-needed information and insight into crime activities in our surrounds. His successor will have very big shoes to fill.”

Moodley’s funeral will be held at his home in 9 Woodburn Road, Howick, tomorrow morning at 10 am.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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