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2022/09/29      |  Written By:  Captain PZ Mpinge   |   Province:  Kwazulu-Natal

Author and television producer Fred Rogers said: “Often when you think you're at the end of something, you're at the beginning of something else.”

These words ring true for the three UGU District members who are leaving the employ of the SAPS at the end of September due to retirement and other career opportunities. Captain Wayne O’Connor is the UGU District Labour Relations officer who joined the organization in 1984 and was based as a personnel Officer at Newcastle, where after in 1996 he became the Labour Relations Officer. He was perfectly suited to this environment as Capt O’Connor has “the gift of the gab”. Interacting with managers on various levels and clashing swords with Union Representatives was what kept his blood flowing.

Captain Hilda Thomas is the based at UGU District MIC and she is instrumental in the smooth running of that component. We glad that she did not enroll in the Navy as we at UGU District would have never crossed paths with her and the SAPS uniform suits her better. She has provided invaluable training and skill to many members in her environment. Captain Thomas began her policing career in 1991 in Welkom in the Freestate and leaves with more than thirty one years of service.

Warrant Officer Xolani Masinga from SAPS Hibberdene certainly does not look old enough to retire. The member has loyally served the SAPS from 1988 when he received his training at Hammanskraal. Stations where he served such as Jeppe Street, Isipingo and Hibberdene were privileged to have a hardworking and committed member. Warrant Officer Masinga has experience in a number of fields including, VISPOL, Detectives, Social Crime Prevention and the Community Service Centre.

UGU District Commissioner, Major General Sethenya Nxamagele and her Management wishes that only good health, happiness and prosperity follow the members on the next chapter of their lives.  On behalf of the SAPS she thanked them for their constant commitment to the organisation, dedication and patriotism to the police badge.


UGU District detective commander, Brigadier Bongani Sibiya thanks the members for their commitment, skills and knowledge that have profited SAPS.
With Captain Unusha Ravidas (SAPS Port Shepstone) who delivered a passionate speech on why we employed at SAPS and the benefits of being loyal to the organisation.
Warrant Officer Masinga at one of his favourite spots.
UGU District Commissioner Major General Sethenya Nxamagele with Captain Wayne O’Connor and Captain Hilda Thomas.