- Lt Col Mnyandu joined the service in 1980
- She is retiring after 38 years
- She plans to travel the world
A Durban-based police officer is retiring after a "challenging but fulfilling" 38 years in the South African Police Service.
59-year-old Lieutenant Colonel Jennifer Nomusa Shezi Mnyandu joined the service in 1980, Briefly.co.za learned.
Speaking to Overport Rising Sun, Lt Col Mnyandu said she plans to relax and travel the world in her retirement.
She reflected on the turbulent 1980s that were characterised by anti-apartheid mass actions:
I was not comfortable during the riots and strike situations in the 1980s as it hampered service delivery during the monitoring of the situation. Police duties are not easy, it needs dedicated members.
Lt Col Mnyandu's final station is Greenwood Park SAPS, which she joined in 2012. She previously served at Umlazi SAPS and Sydenham SAPS.
She holds an SA Diploma in Public Management and Administration as well as a BTech in Public Management.
Lt Col Mnyandu said she'll miss the SAPS:
I will always love the men and women in blue. During my time in the force, I enjoyed drill and physical exercises. I also love the professionalism that comes with SAPS.
I advise police officers to distance themselves from bad activities so that they will stay long in the organisation until they reach their retirement stage.
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