Spokeswoman honoured for role in empowering women

2009-06-11 00:00

LOCAL Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) information officer Zinhle Mngomezulu was recently honoured with a trophy for outstanding contribution towards empowering women in law enforcement. The presentation was made at the second annual Leadership for Women in Law Enforcement conference held in Johannesburg.

Mngomezulu, representing the KwaZulu-Natal Transport Department, delivered a presentation that focused on the background of women in law enforcement.

She said her professional ranking and the content of her paper were the main factors that won her the trophy.

“In that event, other provinces had sent very highly ranked officials from their department, whereas I was middle level management,” said Mngomezulu.”

“My research also was very in-depth, and went as far as looking at the first women who joined the law enforcement. And it focused on the improvements for women in law enforcement.”

For her success, Mngomezulu also credited the provincial MEC for Transport, Bheki Cele, for his contribution towards the development of women in law enforcement, saying that since his appointment there have been major changes in recruiting women.

She said that although improvement is visible in the implementation of gender equity, there is still much to do to reach race and gender parity, especially in the elevation of women to management positions.

She also encouraged all women in the department to work hard to achieve their goals saying: “Do not let anyone put you down. Stand out from the crowd and start leading by example.”

RTI manager John Schnell said he is very proud of Mngomezulu’s achievement.

“We are trying to develop confidence in women officers when performing tasks so that they are able to dominate proceedings without any force. They must treat our customers with professionalism and fairness. We train our staff to be well mannered as we mentor them towards senior management roles.”

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