Police officer laid to rest

2019-06-12 06:01
A LONG-SERVING local police officer, Captain Vinesh Balkaran (59), has died a month before he was due to retire. Logan Govender, a retired member of the SA Police Service and Balkaran’s former commander and a close friend, said Balkaran died on Friday morning after a short illness and was laid to rest on Sunday. He was set to retire at the end of July. Balkaran joined the SAPS in 1978 at Mountain Rise and underwent his basic training at the Wentworth Police College. Balkaran was transferred to Newcastle, and later worked at Ladium police station in Gauteng, but was reposted to Mountain Rise in 1983. “Whilst at Mountain [Rise] he occupied an integral position in the daily running of the station as well as major future developments at a senior level.“He was the first choice for this position because of his superior skills, dedication and devotion to duty. He worked extremely long hours to achieve this,” said Govender.Balkaran is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren and his father.

A LONG-SERVING local police officer, Captain Vinesh Balkaran (59), has died a month before he was due to retire. Logan Govender, a retired member of the SA Police Service and Balkaran’s former commander and a close friend, said Balkaran died on Friday morning after a short illness and was laid to rest on Sunday. He was set to retire at the end of July. Balkaran joined the SAPS in 1978 at Mountain Rise and underwent his basic training at the Wentworth Police College. Balkaran was transferred to Newcastle, and later worked at Ladium police station in Gauteng, but was reposted to Mountain Rise in 1983. “Whilst at Mountain [Rise] he occupied an integral position in the daily running of the station as well as major future developments at a senior level.“He was the first choice for this position because of his superior skills, dedication and devotion to duty. He worked extremely long hours to achieve this,” said Govender.Balkaran is survived by his wife, two children, two grandchildren and his father.

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A LONG-SERVING local police officer, Captain Vinesh Balkaran (59), has died a month before he was due to retire.

Logan Govender, a retired member of the SA Police Service and Balkaran’s former commander and a close friend, said Balkaran died on Friday morning after a short illness and was laid to rest on Sunday. He was set to retire at the end of July.

He said Balkaran was the son of well-known Balkaran Satgoor from the KZN Sports Veterans’ Association. Formerly based at Mountain Rise, he was, at the time of his death, working at Alexandra Road police station.

Balkaran joined the SAPS in 1978 at Mountain Rise and underwent his basic training at the Wentworth Police College.

“When I conveyed the sad news to his tutor of 1978, Captain Saravanan Govender from Durban who is now 78 years old, he vividly remembered Vinesh and described him as an upright and disciplined individual,” said Govender.

Balkaran was transferred to Newcastle, and later worked at Laudium police station in Gauteng, but was re-posted to Mountain Rise in 1983. “Whilst at Mountain Rise he occupied an integral position in the daily running of the station as well as major future developments at a senior management level.

“He was the first choice for this position because of his superior skills, dedication and devotion to duty. He worked extremely long hours to achieve this. He was complimented on numerous occasions by various senior officers for his excellent work, dedication, devotion and ability to generally expedite tasks allotted him,” said Govender.

He added that Balkaran had made an enormous contribution to the enhancement of policing to the northern and eastern parts of Pietermaritzburg. “He had an excellent work ethic. A man of a few words. He was a no-nonsense individual yet disciplined and upright. He did not only loyally and faithfully serve SAPS and the various communities for over 42 years, but his immediate, extended family and friends.”

Balkaran is survived by his wife, Manju, two children, two grandchildren and his father, Satgoor, who is now 85 years old. — WR.

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