HUMANSDORP: Retirement will always be a special moment for any person, but for Lt Col Domingo his last day at work will always be special and unique as his colleagues had to improvise to accommodate challenges that came with the lockdown regulations so as to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
On Friday, 29 May 2020, Lt Col Jan Domingo bid farewell to the South African Police Service after 33 years of loyal and dedicated service. Lt Col Domingo’s colleagues decorated his office a day before and turned it into a drop-a-gift zone. A teary Lt Col Domingo said, “Due to the stringent conditions of lockdown, I did not expect that my colleagues could manage to organise something so special. I am leaving the Service with fond memories and this farewell function is extraordinary and touching. I wanted to hug my colleagues and say my last good byes, but social distancing robbed me of that opportunity. This unforgettable gesture will always make me look back and say, ‘I left the SAPS during the coronavirus pandemic’. To my colleagues, please remember to be safe, and always follow the precautionary measures to avoid the spread of the Covid-19. I understand the anxiety because this enemy that the world is facing is invisible”.
Lt Col Domingo’s passion for policing as a career developed during his six year stint in the army from 1980. In 1987, he then joined the police and never looked back. Throughout his career journey, he worked mostly in the visible policing environment and served in towns such as Storms River, Joubertina and Humansdorp. The father of two children did not say much about his plans during retirement, but he hinted that his grandchild will get more of his attention.
Humansdorp Acting Cluster Commander, Col Simon Swarts wished Lt Col Domingo every success in his retirement years. “A life of an employee is like a relay race, you resume at a certain point and after you have finished your course, you passed the baton to others to continue. You are a man of few words, but your work in this cluster is remarkable”, added Col Swarts.
Source: South African Police Service