Bridging the gap

2015-06-11 06:00

THERE is a new constable in town and he is on a mission to bring the community and the SAPS closer.

Pietermaritzburg’s new communication officer Constable Mthokozisi Ngobese, who was born in Howick, became a policeman in 1996 after a murder in his family led him to the SAPS.

“My mother was shot and killed in her home in Howick and to date I have not heard a word from the investigating officer about the case. I saw there was a problem in the SAPS and I knew I needed to be part of the solution. I wanted the community to be able to communicate with the police and have them know what was going on in their cases.”

After the murder Ngobese volunteered his services to the police for eight years before he was enlisted as a SAPS member.

“I was not paid because they could not employ me, but I just wanted to help where I could.”

When Ngobese was allowed to enlist, he started in the social crime prevention unit and worked closely with the community, keeping them up to date with their cases.

“I then went on to communication and I feel I am in the right place.”

He said his aim is to repair the relationship between communities and the police through projects where police interact with the communities.

Ngobese said the police will be interacting with schools during Child Protection Week.

“We will be going to talk to schools and give parents and children tips and advice on how to protect themselves,” he said.

Ngobese, a “family man of sober habits”, said his passion is to hold marriage workshops for police and their partners in a bid to end domestic violence between officers and their families.

“A policeman cannot be a custodian of the law if he commits domestic violence.”

Ngobese said when he is not preaching, holding seminars or at the church, he is at home.

He supports Orlando Pirates, but his second team is Maritzburg United.

“I attend all their games.”

Talking about areas that need to be looked at and worked on by the police, Ngobese said Matsheni Beer Hall is a problem. However, the Pietermaritzburg cluster commander Major-General Lucas Ngubeni is working hard to combat issues that come with the hall

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