Brig Anesh Harripersad will always be an inspiration to police officers.
Former deputy area commissioner, Brig Anesh Harripersad, recently celebrated his 67th birthday with a group of fellow officers. He is affectionately known as ‘Harry’ to them.
Haripersad joined the SAPS in 1973 and served at a number of stations in Gauteng, including the then volatile Soweto in 1976, before being transferred back to KZN, hence his skills for resolving conflicts.
He for several years managed a Port Natal Police Soccer squad. They captured the National Police Commissioner’s trophy. This earned him Police Colours in Sport as a successful team manager.
Brig has a unique skill for resolving conflict situations and is an efficient manager.
He was dispatched to Isipingo, which was in crisis on two occasions where he skilfully managed and stabilised the explosive situation.
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On January 19, 1991, Brigadier Haripersad diffused a conflict situation. He received a commendation from the regional commissioner of KwaZulu-Natal for his efforts and effective intervention which prevented bloodshed and violence between two rival warring groups – ‘the senyoras’ and ‘the comrades’.
This was highlighted by numerous articles published the media in Durban.
He rapidly rose to the rank of brigadier and was appointed as an a deputy area commissioner.
After serving South African communities and SAPS loyally and faithfully for 42 years, he then retired.
Brig has been married to his wife, Kay, for 41 years and they have three children, two daughters and a son. His daughter followed in her dad’s footsteps and is employed by the legal section of Pinetown SAPS.
Harry is a stalwart member of the Retired Officer’s Social Club and they endeavour to meet at least once a month in various locations in Durban.