FORMER Mountain Rise SAPS Captain Ramsawak Sunker recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Sunker, who received his matric certificate at the age of 53 in 1993, was forced to pursue the certificate in order for him to be promoted to the rank of captain.While Sunker was a constable stationed at Mountain Rise, he walked daily to the Magistrate’s Court and back again with a bundle of case dockets under his arm, never utilising state transport.Sunker is also an active member of the Divine Life Society of South Africa.Former officer of the law Logan Govender said he recently had the privilege and pleasure of visiting his former colleague.“Retired Captain Ramsawak Sunker, affectionately known as Sunker bhai [brother] by all his colleagues, has always been an extremely selfless person,” said Govender. Govender said that what stood out about Sunker and his late wife was that they brought up their grandson. “They put all their financial resources into this lad. They educated him and sent him to medical school in Durban. “He is now an anaesthesiologist based at Bharagwanath Hospital in Soweto. Sunker bhai you have done us proud,” said Govender.Sunker said that at this late age, he has obtained several certificates in Hindu studies from various institutions and is still studying. In speaking on his secret to a long life, Sunker said that he has also walked the fire at the local temple and is an active member of a Satsang Yoga group. The former captain is now pursuing a certificate in religious educare.