“President Jacob Zuma wishes to convey, on behalf of government and the people of South Africa, his words of condolence and comfort to the family, friends and the SA Police Service for the sad passing of former Gauteng police commissioner Perumal Naidoo, who passed away after a long fight with cancer,” the presidency’s spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Commissioner Naidoo played a pivotal role in reducing all levels of crime in Gauteng over close to the 10-year period that he led the SAPS as its commissioner.”
Police spokesman Brigadier Neville Malila said Naidoo, 60, was a career police officer who retired on September 1, 2010 after serving the organisation for more than 36 years. He joined the police in 1973 and rose through the ranks to become the Gauteng provincial commissioner in 2001. He received various decorations and medals including the 10, 20, and 30 year medals for faithful and exemplary service.
Gauteng provincial commissioner Lt-Gen Mzwandile Petros said: “Our hearts are heavy with sadness and we want to express our condolences to the wife and family of our late colleague. Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time of bereavement.”
DA Gauteng MPL John Moodey described Naidoo as instrumental in the fight against crime in the province.
“Naidoo was a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly to turn the tide of violent crime in Gauteng during his nine-year tenure as top cop in the province,” he said. The anonymous crime tip-off service, Crime Line, said Naidoo was a committed police officer who put people’s needs above everything else. “We will miss him and we thank him for his service to the people of Gauteng and indeed the rest of South Africa,” its head Yusuf Abramjee said in a statement.
Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane said her thoughts were with his family. “We are deeply saddened by his untimely death. I know the late commissioner from working together with him during my tenure as an MEC for safety and liaison between 1999 and 2004.
“On behalf of the GPG [Gauteng provincial government] and the people of this province, we wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of commissioner Naidoo.” Naidoo was born in Umzinto, KwaZulu-Natal.