Margate police officer honoured

2012-11-26 00:00

A TOP cop on the South Coast has been honoured for her outstanding work in helping to improve the lives of members of her underprivileged community.

Lieutenant Colonel Nokulunga Novandla from the Margate police station was placed third in the SAPS’ Women’s Prestige Awards ceremony, held recently in Mpumalanga. She was nominated with nine other police officers from all over the country.

“Overwhelmed,” was how she described her feelings.

She said the 21-years she’s been a cop have been about making a difference in her community since she comes from an underprivileged background.

“I come from Strangers Rest, a small farm in Umzimkhulu where life is not easy, and I always asked myself how I can help my community. Seeing people suffering is what motivates me to try and make a difference to other people’s lives,” she said.

Novandla started as an ordinary officer and soon worked her way up. “I was promoted to the supply chain department, because I had a national diploma in Human Resources, another national diploma in policing, and currently I’m finishing my honours degree in professional studies,” she said.

This officer said the highlight of her career was when she was on a team from Margate police station that arrested a group of men who had shot and killed soldiers during political unrest before 1994.

“I was still a constable when I was part of a team that apprehended the men that were suspected of murdering soldiers. That was the most dangerous situation I had ever found myself in and I learnt a lot from that experience,” said Novandla.

She said the nomination came as a surprise to her because she had always done things just to make a difference in people’s lives, and not to “shine”.

Through her efforts, a woman with elephantiasis from Gcilima got helped and the heads of 15 child-headed homes got safe homes. She said she would continue to help people even after she retires.

“I never thought I would win awards and medals for helping people who are in need. This shows my presence is felt by people around me at work and in the community,” said Novandla.

“There was a woman that had elephantiasis from Gcilima and she really needed help. I went to local newspapers and approached prominent people for help and the next thing she was appearing on E.TV’s 3rd degree getting the help she had been longing for,” she said.

She also explained how she also got help for a 14-year-old boy who was a bread-winner looking after his sick father in a shack and 14 other orphans to get roofs over their heads.

“I helped build a house for eight children who were living on their own in a shack in Ezinqoleni near Margate. There were six other children that we helped to get a safe home in Lamonti, and both houses were fully furnished and all of them are receiving social grants,” added the award winning cop.


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