Port Elizabeth police officer retires after 41 years of service

Port Elizabeth: Police retirement is something special especially when age approaches faster than you thought and it's time to take a permanent vacation from your vocational duties.

On the 31 January 2019, Colonel Christo Ferdinand Gerber bade farewell to the South African Police Service after 41 years of loyal and dedicated service. Through his career journey he has worked at the Area Commissioner's office in Port Elizabeth, SAPS New Brighton, Motherwell, Bethelsdorp, Humewood and finally at the Mount Road Operational Command Centre.

As from 1 February, he no longer has to worry about targets, goals and meetings but instead focus on a new chapter of his life.

When asked about what inspired him to join the SAPS in 1977 he simply answered that he 'wanted to make a difference for communities, for victims and to protect the innocent from criminals.'

'During my career path, I have met and dealt with many interesting people and incidents. It really has been a great privilege and honour of my professional life to count myself among my family in blue. Whatever my future may bring, I will always be able to say that I was one of you, my SAPS family.'

Mount Road Deputy Cluster Commander, Brig Andrew Louw wished Col Gerber every success in his retirement years. 'You are one of the legends in Port Elizabeth. Your career in the SAPS has been a success and you leave behind a legacy that many of us can aspire to. You are a man of your word who does what you say and your knowledge and experience will be sorely missed,' commented Brig Louw.

Source: South African Police Service