Officers retire after 30 years of service

2018-10-04 06:00
Captain Raj Naicker and Captain Vincent Pandarum cutting the cake at their farewell. PHOTO: supplied

Captain Raj Naicker and Captain Vincent Pandarum cutting the cake at their farewell. PHOTO: supplied

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THE Scottburgh SAPS hosted a formal retirement function at the Scottburgh Town Hall on Friday, September 14 to bid farewell to two long-serving commissioned officers, Captain Raj Naicker and Captain Vincent Pandarum. Captain Naicker served in the South African Police Service for over 34 years. He was the Management Information Centre commander at the Scottburgh SAPS while Captain Pandarum served for over 32 years and worked as the Communication Officer for the Ugu Cluster.

The programme director was the vibrant Sergeant Rene’ Naidoo of Port Shepstone and she teamed up with the equally talented sound technician and musician, Constable Theo Pillay of the Umkomaas SAPS, to keep everybody entertained with their beautiful music. The formalities commenced with a prayer by Jabu Mavundla followed by a very warm and cordial welcome by Lieutenant Colonel Linda Chiliza. Colonel Ralph Ruiters, the Scottburgh SAPS Station Commander, expressed his thanks and appreciation to the officers and commended them for the important roles they played in the organisation. Due to a bereavement in the family, the Ugu Cluster Commander, Major General Sethenya Nxamagele, could not attend the function and the Ugu Cluster Detective Commander, Colonel Iks Naicker, represented her and delivered the keynote address. He gave a detailed account of the careers of both retirees since their enlistment in the service. The Scottburgh SAPS Detective Commander Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Mbhele, proposed the toast while Lieutenant Colonel Vino Govender made a vote of thanks. The function was attended by officers and members from various stations in the cluster as well as the retirees’ family members and friends. Among them were the Port Shepstone Vispol Commander and former Station Commander of the Scottburgh SAPS, Colonel Praga Naicker and the former Station Commander of the Msinsini SAPS, Lieutenant Colonel Theresa Pillay, who said grace before all settled to enjoy a sumptuous hot meal. — Supplied.

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