Farewell after 41 years in the force

2017-11-29 06:02
Warrant Officer David Pillay who retires after 41 years.PHOTO:supplied

Warrant Officer David Pillay who retires after 41 years.PHOTO:supplied

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“EVEN on my last day I will work with the same enthusiasm and passion I had when I started this job 41 years ago,” said the Mountain Police Warrant Officer David Pillay, ahead of his last day in the police force.

Pillay (60), retires tomorrow, November­ 30 after serving 36 years at the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit. He served the other five years at Mountain Rise and Greytown police stations.

The officer began working at the Mountain Rise Police Station in February 1976 before being transferred to Greytown.

He was later transferred back to Mountain Rise Police Station as he had to return to the area to look after his ill father.

Speaking to Maritzburg Fever Pillay said he always dreamt of being a police officer and said his late father inspired him because he was a soldier.

“My father was my role model. When I chose to be a police officer I wanted to serve my country, and I did. It has been a rough journey, but I managed to overcome the challenges.

“Being a police officer is not a job, it is a calling. You need to have a passion for it and work with that passion every day. I still have the same passion I had when I started working 41 years ago,” he said.

Pillay said although he will no longer be at the police station he will continue to serve the community of Pietermaritzburg­.

“The problem of drugs and alcohol in our communities will still be there and I am determined to help where I can to deal with these problems.

“People can contact me anytime . It is our job as the police to serve and help the community. I want our people to live without fear and do away with the dogs and burglar guards, especially old people because my heart goes out to them.

“I want my colleagues in the police force to continue serving our community with integrity.

“When someone comes into the police station, he or she needs help and we must provide him or her with that. When he or she leaves they must have a smile on their face because the police helped them.

“Community members are our customers and we need to treat them as such.”

Pillay is also the Maritzburg Sporting Club chairman, an amateur soccer club that caters for children from the disadvantaged communities of Northdale, Haniville, Site 11, Woodlands and surrounds.

He is also involved in a hamper project whereby they, with the assistance of others, provide food parcels to needy families.

“On behalf of the Association of Retired Police Officers Pietermaritzburg and Durban, we acknowledge his enormous contribution to the SAPS and communities of South Africa.

“We convey our congratulations, goodwill and blessings to him and his family, who stood by him for 41 years. We wish him and his family good health and prosperity,” said Logan Govender, a former colleague of Pillay’s and the media officer at the association.

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