Long service: medals awarded to 72 KZN police officers

2011-03-12 00:00

THE SA Police Force in KwaZulu-Natal yesterday awarded medals to 72 officers medals to honour their efforts in making the province a safer place to live in.

The ceremony was held at Chatsworth Police Training College in Durban and medals were awarded to officers who have served the force for 10, 20, 30 and 40 years.

Major-General Parbathie Maharaj, Brigadier Daniel Gcumisa and Brigadier Johan Reynders, all from Pietermaritzburg, received medals recognising 30 years’ service.

Maharaj, who is the only woman Indian major-general in SA, said it has not been plain sailing getting to where she is today.

“I’ve always had a positive mindset since I joined the police as a student constable 30 years ago. I’ve got 15 years in the apartheid era and 15 years in democracy and I’m still going strong. I have an obligation to the society to fulfill,” she said.

Maharaj is the cluster commander heading 13 police stations around Pietermaritzburg.

Brigadier Gcumisa is cluster commander for Plessisslaer, heading five stations, while Reynders is station commander of Pietermaritzburg Central.

Provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mamunye Ngobeni said collaboration between the SAPF and the public remains crucial in the fight against crime.

She told the police that to achieve the strategic objectives of the police force, all parties must adhere to the principles of unity, collective leadership, humility, honesty, hard work, discipline and mutual respect.

She said the government is speeding up the regulation of the private security industry because it often has access to dangerous weaponry.

During the first two months of 2011, KZN police recovered 1 093 firearms in various operations to curb the proliferation of illegal firearms.

Ngoben disclosed that the SAPF is compiling its own management telephone directory to enable community members to complain directly to station commanders or provincial heads if they receive poor service.

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