SAPS Eastern Cape bids farewell to two members

KING WILLIAM’S TOWN - The South African Police Service (SAPS) Eastern Cape today bids farewell to two members, Provincial Head: Supply Chain Management, Brigadier Irene Wolwaard and Provincial Commander: Strategic Management, Colonel Sandla Ginya. The two members, with a combined service of 73 years retire from the service today and we are all proud top bid them farewell with incorruptible long service.

The pair saluted Deputy Provincial Commissioner: Corporate Services, Major General Thobeka Kunene for the last time. “Today, the journey that started in 1984 has come to an end. I wish to thank SAPS for all the opportunities presented to me. I thank all the managers that I served under for their leadership and management skills. I wish SAPS can move forward as an organisation as the world is an ever-changing place. Last but not least, I would like to encourage all the SAPS members to be always alert and steps ahead of the criminals as they are faced with a huge task of preventing, combatting and investigating crime”, said Col Ginya.

An emotional Brigadier Wolwaard could not even express herself but during an earlier interview she said, “I have been looking forward to this day but now that it has arrived, it’s unbelievable and very emotional. I served SAPS and Supply Chain Management with distinction and that has made me realise the role of each and every member and employee in achieving the strategic objectives of the SAPS. Today, I wear the SAPS uniform with pride one last time. I want to thank everyone for their support and love during my career. It is my prayer that you continue to serve the public with honesty and humility by adding positively to the value chain. Work together diligently so that we may achieve a safe and secure environment for all. May God bless you all”.

Brigadier Wolwaard also shared Total Quality Management (TQM) which was her thesis in completing her Doctorate and urged all managers to look at it as food for thought.

Major General Kunene delivered the farewell message on behalf of the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga and thanked both members for the distinct roles they played in the SAPS. “We all experience a deep sense of sadness, for we must bid farewell to the people who were in our midst for so long, people who worked with us shoulder to shoulder and officers who totally dedicated themselves to further the objectives and goals of the South African Police Service. These officers always displayed a confident and professional demeanour which made them great ambassador for the SAPS. You both leave a huge gap in the SAPS and we are proud to say, you are the best. We thank your families for allowing you to serve the people of South Africa and the Eastern Cape”, she added.

Favourable compliments were received from many internal and external stakeholders on the manner in which these officer conducted themselves and the very high standards they set and maintained when, representing the SAPS, whether it was in meetings, operations and events or general interaction with stakeholders and clients.

On behalf of all the members and employees of the South African Police Service in the Eastern Cape, we wish both our patriots a happy and well deserved rest.

Today we celebrate the end of successful careers, no time for sadness or tears only smiles of happiness, because we announce the birth of brand new chapters in their lives!

Source: South African Police Service