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Retired W/O Sham Singh, the first Indian Station Commander of Lenasia, celebrated his 80th birthday on 9 July 2020. A milestone birthday for anyone and it was even posted on Facebook.

Later that day I was amazed to learn that Col Paul van Eeden and Const Jeena Mohammed enquired about his contact details and personally drove to his home to present him with a gift and wish him well on the special day.

I made contact with Col Van Eeden to congratulate and inform them that their act of kindness, by reaching out to a retired police member, is commendable. As a former police member I am aware that once police members retire they often go into oblivion and are forgotten until one hears that they have passed away. How sad!

I am indeed so proud to be associated with them for their act of kindness motivated by their kind hearts. I commend and salute you, young Sirs!

The members concerned have projected themselves as ambassadors of SAPS as they have gone beyond their call of duty. I urge the Provincial Commissioner of Gauteng to utilise their public relations skills in the relevant department of the provincial office to reach out to the needs of all citizens under their jurisdiction. This department is sadly lacking in the SAPS.

There was a time when the motto of the South African Police was “Servamus et Servimus”, which means “to serve and protect”. Sadly, this slogan seems no longer applicable.

Logan Govender
KwaZulu-Natal

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