Over the years, numerous retired police members, usually gathering at the funeral of a former colleague, suggested the formation of an organisation where retired police members could meet regularly to rekindle friendships; form new friendships; and share memories of the past on a regular basis and in an organised manner. However, nothing ever came of this suggestion for many years.
During the funeral of a former colleague during August 2016, Brig (ret) Bala Naidoo initiated a meeting at a local school’s assembly area a month later. The first meeting was convened on 9 September 2016. There was an overwhelming response with approximately 30 retired members attending.
Some of these police members were in their mid-eighties and had not seen or met each other since their retirement, more than 30 years ago. Pietermaritzburg now has a membership of 60 members.
Brig (ret) Naidoo recognised the need to initiate the same among retired police members in Durban. The inaugural meeting took place at the Japanese Gardens, Durban. Due to his skills and vast experience, Brig Naidoo was appointed as the interim chairperson. Now, no less than 20 police members meet at the same venue every third Friday of the month. The members’ spouses have also begun to attend the meetings.
Brig (ret) Naidoo, former Provincial Head of the Criminal Record Centre, Durban, provides some of the snacks and refreshments at the meetings.
All retired police officers are welcome to attend the next meeting which will DV be held on 19 January 2018 at 10:00 at the Japanese Gardens, Durban. Interested members are requested to contact
Brig (ret) Morgan Naicker at cell: 082 414 6828 or Col (ret) V G Daniel Naidoo at cell: 060 972 2047.