W/O David Pillay retired at the end of November 2017 after having served the South African Police Service and various communities for more than four decades - a lifetime to some. This results, once again, in a loss of skills and experience to an essential service which unfortunately will not be easily (if ever) replaced.
David began his career at Mountain Rise, where he spent a few years. He was sent to Greytown and returned to Mountain Rise where he spent a number of years in the uniform branch. He is the heritage of the famous Mountain Rise Police Station, from where many of us rose. This is where I served under the experienced tutelage of David Pillay - an experienced and industrious policeman in all aspects of police work.
From Mountain Rise, W/O Pillay was transferred to the Pietermaritzburg K9 Unit where he served for 36 years until his retirement.
Many service awards, medals and decorations were awarded to him over the past 40+ years - a total of 15 to be exact.
David has been at the Obededom Church in Langalibalele Street for many years and now serves as an Elder. He is also the chairman of Maritzburg Sporting, a local amateur soccer club that caters for children from the disadvantaged communities of Northdale, Haniville, Site 11, Woodlands and surrounding areas. This club attempts to keep children off the streets as they become aware of the bad effects of alcoholism and drug abuse.
David is also involved in a hamper project whereby, together with the assistance of others, food parcels are provided to needy families in the community. Upon his retirement, he and his family are looking forward to serving these charities full-time.
Attempts have been made to recommend his promotion to commissioned rank but this was alas rejected by the office of the Acting National Police Commissioner.
David, on behalf of the Association of Retired Police Officers Pietermaritzburg and Durban, we acknowledge your enormous contributions to the SAPS and the community of South Africa. We convey our sincerest congratulations, goodwill and blessings to you and your family, who stood by you for the past 40 years. We wish you and your family good health and prosperity. We also look forward to your joining us in the New Year. God Bless.
Logan Govender; Pietermaritzburg