Female commander at detective-unit helm

2016-03-04 06:00
Kokstad detective head, Major Nicolette Goolam. Photo: khaya magenu

Kokstad detective head, Major Nicolette Goolam. Photo: khaya magenu

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BORN and bred in Kokstad, Major Nicolette Goolam is committed to fighting crime in her area.

She is first female officer to command the Kokstd SAPS Detective Unit and describes her responsibility as a “calling”.

With more than 25 years’ experience in the police force, Goolam has promised to make Kokstad a safer place and positively influence those who look up to her.

“My work and the community I am serving comes first. That is my motto,” said Goolam.

She is just one of a few women who are making their mark in the Kokstad SAPS. Station commander Colonel Virginia Xhelithole was appointed late last year.

Departmental support head in Kokstad is also headed by a woman, Lieutenant Colonel Possa Ngoma.

“I have worked for 25 years as police officer, 13 of which were as detective. I was promoted to head of finance in 2005 and in 2012 I became detective co-ordinator for the entire Harry Gwala cluster,” said Goolam.

She believes hard work is why she got where she is.
She names Brigadier Moodley, who worked in Port Shepstone and Kokstad, as her role model who taught her a lot.

“I feel I can make a difference in my community because there are a lot of cases that need to be attended to, and I hope, with the help of my dedicated team, we will achieve this,” said Goolam­.

She promises the Kokstad community better investigation of cases to ensure they are satisfied with SAPS services. She asked the community to work with the police to help curb crime by bringing information concerning cases they are investigating.

She advised youth to stay away from drugs and concentrate on education.

“I believe, with the help of our communities, we can curb drug abuse and eliminate drug dealers. We urge our communities to realise that we do not only arrest people, we also teach and help them.”

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