The retiring Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) spokesman Wayne Minnaar has spent 41 years of dedicated service with the city, the past two decades with the JMPD.
Monday was his last day in service with the JMPD. Mayor Mpho Phalatse of the municipality of Joburg said on Monday at a farewell to Chief Inspector Minnaar that there must be a balance in the field of youth unemployment and the retention of those people.
“There are behavioral aspects in the older people in the system that we don’t want to lose,” she said. “I firmly believe that if you still have it in you to give, the system shouldn’t deprive you of the opportunity to do. ”
Overwhelmed with emotion, Phalatse said she couldn’t believe Minnaar was leaving and letting him go was the hardest thing she’d ever had to do. She said he still had it in him to perform and that he was still wise and knowledgeable – and the passion with which he served was unparalleled.
“I’m only saying goodbye to you because I’ve been told so, but I didn’t accept it,” she said.
“He didn’t just teach, he inquired. He has an uncompromising attitude when it comes to the truth and can tell it with a smile.
“He manages to give off good energy, even when he’s telling the hard truth.” Phalatse added that as a multi-party government, they would invest in educating and informing people.
“In my opinion, it’s unfair to enforce the law if you haven’t trained the person first and you might find that once you’ve done that, people want to do the right thing,” she said.
Minnaar said he still feels that he can contribute a lot to the department and the city. He said he gained a lot of experience when he started serving the city in 1981.
“I have become very used to all the streets and roads of Johannesburg.
“The area I will miss the most is Braamfontein. That’s where I started my career as a 22-year-old officer,” he said.
Minnaar described the peak of his career as the day he accompanied the late Nelson Mandela to the wedding of his daughter, the late Zindziswa Mandela. This was, he said, the most memorable moment in the years he spent the… city of Johannesburg†
“Once they completed the formal procedure, I had the opportunity to interact with former President Mandela and it was a great experience,” he said.
Minnaar added that he had a few avenues in both the public and private sectors to explore. He said he was ready to provide information, help and contribute to safety as he embarked on crime prevention and would train motorists.
“I have proudly worn my uniform and badge for 41 years and now that I am retiring, I can look back on the service I have given with honor to the The Vanir-exoduss of the city of Joburg,” he said.
“The lessons I will be teaching the junior officers are being true to the badge and the communities you serve and wearing your uniform with utmost integrity.
“That’s why I don’t think I’ll get the chance to sit too long. I will have to be busy again.”
Member of the Mayor’s Committee on Environmental and Infrastructure Services Michael Sun said that if he had been asked to write something about Minnaar, he could not have done so because “where do you start writing about the 41 years of dedication and selflessness he showed to the JMPD? and the people of Joburg.”
“Being the face of JMPD is not easy, but Minnaar did it with such ease.
“Thank you for serving the city. Have a golden start and please don’t go too far from us,” said Sun.