Western Cape traffic chief Kenny Africa has retired from his role after 46 years in service.
Yesterday, Friday 31 July 2020 Kenny Africa sat in his office as the provinces’ traffic chief for the last time.
Africa became a traffic officer in 1974 when he was just 18-years-old and has been the provincial traffic chief for the past decade.
Prior to becoming a traffic officer, Africa had applied unsuccessfully four times.
He grew up in Genadendal in the Overberg and initially wanted to become a lawyer.
But his mind changed one Easter weekend when he saw a convoy of traffic officers driving through his hometown.
“When those cars came into Genadendal, I said to myself I’m going to become a traffic officer. The cars were so beautiful with the blue lights, officers looked so neat in their uniforms.”
“46 years ago when I started my career… I never thought it would come to an end. I’ve had an excellent time in traffic,” he said while speaking on Cape Talk Radio.
Africa plans to spend more time with his family as he starts his new chapter in life.
He will also spend more time lecturing at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Bellville Campus, where he has been teaching on a part-time basis.
“On the other hand, I had plans to become a politician… but my wife said over my dead body,” he said.