Captain clocks 40 years service at Muizenberg SAPS

* Andrew Swanepoel, Warrant Officers Lungiswa Nxele, Vuyiswa Valerie Kamteni, Captain Henry Jones and Suzette Farmer at the party.

STAFF REPORTER

His staff recently organised a party for him, which was attended by friends, colleagues and relatives.

Captain Jones joined the SAPS on March 29, 1977, and was immediately attracted to the detective services. Asked about his highlights, he said one was when he became a detective in 1978, a role he filled for 20 years.

He had worked at Muizenberg, Kirstenhof, Steenberg and Fish Hoek police stations.

Regarding his road running, he said a highlight was when he officially finished last in the 1998 Comrades Marathon. Since then he has run 13 Comrades marathons, 22 ultra marathons, nine half marathons in the annual Two Oceans Marathon, more than 200 marathons – and still run-
ning.

Another career highlight for Captain Jones was the renovation and restoration of the museum in 2012, and the reopening of the museum on March 23, 2016. A low point for him, however, was coming to terms with the fact that he had to exit his police career after 40 years.

At the museum, Captain Jones is supported by a strong team of colleagues. They start each day with a prayer and a Bible reading.

Andrew Swanepoel, 56, a tradesman, recently recorded 27 years service in the SAPS, all of it at the museum. He regularly acts as an educational officer, giving talks to visitors and school groups, and taking them on guided tours of the museum.

Administrator Suzette Farmer, also an educational officer, gives talks to schools and groups on substance and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, making the right choices and career opportunities in
SAPS.