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2020/10/09      |  Written By:  Sergeant S Ncane   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

Colonel  Sicelo Armstrong Machi (60) retired on the 30th of September 2020 after 34 years and 163 days in the police service. Colonel Machi joined the service in 1986 and progressed through the ranks giving his best to the organization mostly in the department of Visible Policing (VISPOL) During his career he rendered duties at Durban Central, Seven Fountains, Harding, Chatsworth and Margate. His special skills at resolving community and taxi related conflicts will be missed.

During his farewell speech he thanked his family for their constant and unwavering support, his colleagues for working alongside him and for management who provided strong leadership and guidance as they embraced his decisions.  He reminded members that to be a policeman is to live as a policeman. You are always on duty, ready to serve. Batho Pele being an intrinsic part of policing. Colonel Machi also appreciated the role God played in guiding him during these years. 

His list of training courses and medals is comprehensive and this has enabled him to fully accomplish his role in serving and ensuring the safety of the communities he served. 

Margate SAPS Commander, Brigadier William Slabbert thanked the officer for his dedication, passion and support. He described him as a man of integrity, a friend and a father. He added that although he was older than most of the members, he was approachable and flexible. Colonel Machi also played a significant role for Margate SAPS to achieve Provincial and National recognition.

He will be missed by all the members of Margate SAPS who only wish him a satisfying and well deserved retirement.

Colonel Sicelo Armstrong Machi (60)