Two former police officers, viz Capt Saravanan Govender and Raju Ellapen, were honoured, appreciated and recognised for the enormous contributions and life-changing experiences they imparted into the lives of thousands of Indian policemen and -women at both the Wentworth and Chatsworth Indian Police Colleges.
Capt (ret) Saravanan, who is now 77 years old, was transferred to the college because of his physical fitness abilities. He was also a holder of a black belt, 5th Dan in karate and a keen basketball player. Capt (ret) Ellapen, now 70 years old, was also transferred to the college because of his physical fitness abilities. He was also a professional wrestler, musketry and drill instructor. He was later appointed as the drill instructor for KZN.
The function, which was held at the Jaipur Palace in Durban North, was attended by approximately 20 senior police officers including Brig N G Govender of KZN Provincial Headquarters; Brig P Pillay, the Commander of SAPS Mountain Rise and Col Ronnie Naidoo, Provincial Head of KZN Logistics. Among those who attended were a number of serving members who were trained by these heroes up to 43 years ago. What an achievement!
Bravo Captains Saravanan and Ellapen! An era gone but not forgotten!