Community gives top cop a send-off

SIGNING OFF: Lieutenant-Colonel Fundiswa Christina Hartland has retired after 34 years in the SAPS Picture: SUPPLIED

AFTER three decades of loyal service to the South African Police Services (SAPS), Lieutenant Colonel Fundiswa Christina Hartland,  58, has retired from her chosen career.

Hartland, who hails from Peelton, King William’s Town, was the guest of honour at a farewell function at the Word of Salvation Church, NU13 in Mdantsane last week.

 Her retirement followed  major surgery last year.

“I would have loved to stay until my 60th birthday but I had back pain and had to undergo surgery on my back last year.”

Hartland, who had been with the SAPS for 34 years, said she was proud to have been the first  woman  station commander at the Mdantsane Cluster.

“It was a big challenge but I managed.

“What helped me was involving the community and that is what I have told other managers- that their doors must always be open to the public.”

Speaking on behalf of SAPS management, Cambridge station commander, Brigadier Pumla Mdlankomo, praised Hartland for supporting the vision of the SAPS and for always balancing family with work.

“You must enjoy retirement with your family now and concentrate on yourself,” Mdlankomo said.

On her retirement plans, Hartland said she was going to try her hand at farming.

“I have my eye on poultry and piggery farming.”

 

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