Top cop leaves SAPS for CID

Lieutenant Colonel Barbara Breedt.

Rondebosch police station commander Lieutenant Colonel Barbara Breedt has resigned from the police to become CEO of the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District.

Lieutenant Colonel Breedt, 51, of Simon’s Town has spent over 31 years in the police service – four of those as the Rondebosch station commander.

“I have had an amazing time in the police and will always cherish the experience and special times, hard and good,” she said.

Lieutenant Colonel Breedt said meeting Nelson Mandela in Fish Hoek had been a big career highlight as had helping the community.

“Seeing the community happy with the service they receive and getting positive feedback from them in complementing the station meant a lot.”

Shirley Aldum, a member of the CPF and manager of the Rondebosch Community Improvement District, said it had been a privilege and an honour to work with Lieutenant Colonel Breedt. “She is totally committed and runs a very tight ship, but all who work for, or with her, respect her values, as she never expects her staff to do anything that she is not prepared to do herself.”

Ward councillor Patrick Chapple who, he said, thanked Lieutenant Colonel Breedt would bring a “wealth of crime-fighting experience” to the improvement district.

Warrant Officer Lyndon Sisam said Lieutenant Colonel Breedt had been a hands-on station commander who had never stood back for any operational work or any cleaning job that needed elbow grease.

“She loved working with the community and service delivery was high on her priority,” he said.

Captain Gavin Shaun Joseph will be the acting station commander of Rondebosch police.