Lt.Col. Gawie (Sakkie) Louwrens
was part of the SAPS for 26 years and in these years of service his dedication and hard work was awarded with many life sentences, world records, commendations and certificates (commended for outstanding services rendered in that he arrested the most wanted Groblersdal Serial Killer, commended for outstanding services rendered in that he performed in the investigation of a crime, commendation on solving farm attacks, and many more). During his time as part (founder member) of the Bushveld Murder and Robbery unit they were nominated as the best murder and robbery unit national with a detection rate of 98%.
In the years from 2006 to 2015 Sakkie was commander of a task team investigating serial killers and rapist (children). This team received an award from the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo Province 2009 for the most successful task team. Sakkie then moved on to become the commander of the Harmful Occult Related Practices And Missing Persons Unit which arrested a serial killer in Groblersdal within 6 days of establishing the team, which is a world record in serial killing arrests. His team received a National Award from National Commissioner Phiyega as the best team in South Africa pertaining to Serial Killings. His team also received a certificate and trophy in Limpopo for the best investigation group.
Up to 2021, Sakkie was involved more than 250 farm attacks and up to the same year, he was involved in 3217 other criminal cases.
With his resignation from the SAPS, shock and concern was evident in that the SAPS lost such a great leader and investigator and in the words of Brig. Gerard Labuschagne – “A LEGEND, he will be missed…”
After leaving the SAPS Sakkie Louwrens was involved in the solving of various high profile cases pertaining Serious and Violent Crimes which led to several arrests and convictions of hardened criminals. Several serious crimes were also prevented by gathering ofinformation and utilizing informers and other resources in theLimpopo Province.