People’s cop wins award

2009-02-20 00:00

UMLAZI top cop Captain Khephu Ndlovu is a real people’s person. His ability to defuse heated arguments, motivate teenagers and help the Umlazi community deal with social issues are the reasons he was honoured with a mayoral award for crime prevention last month.

Ndlovu arrested the men who allegedly assaulted and then burnt the house of Zandile Mpanza, the young woman who dared to wear pants in Umlazi’s T-section. He helped her open a criminal case and move to a safer location. He is now a key witness in the trial.

Ndlovu, who joined the SA Police Service in 1986, had no idea he was a nominee for the annual mayoral awards. “I didn’t even know I was nominated. While I don’t do things for recognition, it is great being appreciated,” he said.

Although he is involved in many community initiatives, Project Educate is the one he holds closest to his heart as he believes that all children should have proper resources to succeed in school.

Ndlovu managed to secure corporate sponsors to fund 60 computers for three schools. He also holds motivational talks at schools in Umlazi and has become very popular among pupils; some even stop him in the street for a chat.

He said his high level of patience is the reason he gets on so well with residents.

“I know how to communicate with people of all ranks, so it makes it easy to do my job. If you are pleasant and polite, people find it easy to talk to you. That’s half the battle won,” he added.

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