‘Super cops’ honoured

2016-03-15 11:30
Mountain Rise police station’s Warrant Officer Ravie Pather (right) and Sergeant Chris Khanyile are saluted by uMgungundlovu North cluster commander Brigadier Francis Bantham after the pair scooped second place for the visible policing team of the year in the police’s national service awards held in Pretoria on Friday.

Mountain Rise police station’s Warrant Officer Ravie Pather (right) and Sergeant Chris Khanyile are saluted by uMgungundlovu North cluster commander Brigadier Francis Bantham after the pair scooped second place for the visible policing team of the year in the police’s national service awards held in Pretoria on Friday. (Ian Carbutt, The Witness)

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Pietermaritzburg - Hailed for their outstanding work, two Pietermaritzburg “super cops” have been placed second in the country for their continued fight against crime in the city.

Competing against officers from across the country, Mountain Rise police station’s Warrant Officer Ravie Pather and Sergeant Chris Khanyile took second place in the police’s national service awards held in Pretoria on Friday last week.

The duo took second place in the visible policing team of the year component after they single-handedly effected 300 arrests and recovered about R350 000 worth of stolen property in the financial year ending in 2015.

Following their successes, both officers were seconded into the highly-effective Combined Action Team from its inception last year.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday in the presence of uMgungundlovu North cluster commander Brigadier Francis Bantham, Pather and Khanyile both agreed that winning second place was a “great accomplishment”.

Pather has been in the force for 21 years and Khanyile for 14 and the duo have worked side by side for a decade.

“All the hard work and extra hours we put in has paid off. The award brings us a sense of motivation and added perseverance,” said Pather.

“Making an arrest is the most satisfying feeling for an officer. We cannot solve every case but when we trace and arrest one suspect, it makes our jobs worthwhile.”

In their biographies drafted for the award’s nominations, the pair were described as officers who “walk the extra mile in all aspects of crime prevention”.

For example, in one case, Pather arranged with a daily newspaper delivery company for him to pose as a delivery man to gain information on a housebreaking syndicate.

Several suspects were subsequently arrested and linked to cases of housebreaking across the city.

The two were also instrumental in apprehending the notorious “Five-minute” and “Doorbell” gangs.

Pather said the case that stands out the most for both him and Khanyile was when they solved the murder of Copesville resident Litisha Naidoo, whose body was found in a Northdale sewerage canal in November 2014.

The duo were instrumental in arresting Naidoo’s boyfriend and four others, two of whom were minors.

Saluting her officers, Bantham said when she sees the pair on a crime scene, she knows the case will be solved.

“Pather and Khanyile have become household names in the northern suburbs because of their willingness to go the extra mile.

“I congratulate them and encourage them to keep the crime-fighting flame burning,” Bantham said.

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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