On 21 April 2017, police colleagues of D/W/O Petrus Oelofse attended his farewell function, which was hosted by the Jeffreys Bay Stock Theft Unit. During the ceremony, the Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brig John Lebok, commended the member for his dedication and commitment towards his vocation. His 30- and 40-years loyal service medals were also handed over to him.
D/W/O Petrus Oelofse retired at the end of April 2017 after serving the community with pride for more than 43 years. An astonishing achievement indeed.
The SAPS are honouring a remarkable individual who has gone out of his way to protect and serve the people of South Africa with pride. As Brig John Lebok said: "In our line of work, we are always required to give more of ourselves every day. We are expected to protect and serve and be prepared to always think of others before ourselves. It is the sacrifice that every member in our organisation, must be prepared to make, and this is exactly what D/W/O Oelofse did.
"We are saying 'well done' to him who continued to do sterling work and who positively touched the lives of his fellow colleagues. We also want to thank him for his selfless sacrifices, hard work and dedication in ensuring that the SAPS succeeds in its constitutional mandate of creating a safer and orderly country for all. D/W/O Petrus Oelofse, who is a results-driven person, recognised the important task bestowed upon the SAPS and he did his best to ensure that it is realised," said Brig Lebok.
D/W/O Petrus Oelofse joined the police on 16 January 1974 whereafter he started his tour of duty at Grahamstown. Thereafter he was transferred to Addo Police Station in 1975; whereafter he started his career as a detective in 1977 at Kirkwood. After ten years he was transferred to Humansdorp and in 1988 to Jeffreys Bay Detectives. In 1998, Petrus Oelofse was transferred to the Stock Theft Unit at Humansdorp and between 2004 until his retirement in 2017, he served at the Jeffreys Bay Stock Theft Unit. D/W/O Petrus Oelofse was promoted to the rank of warrant officer on 1 April 1983.
D/W/O Oelofse's colleagues wished him a long and joyous retirement and reminded him that retirement is not about giving up, losing yourself, slowing down or feeling old.
Retirement is about enjoying the longest holiday of life.
Capt Gerda Swart
Corporate Communication and Liaison, Uitenhage