Policeman returns man’s faith and phone

2007-12-12 00:00

AN ecstatic Acacia Park resident, whose cellphone was recently recovered by an Alexandra Road policeman, said this has restored his faith in the police service.

Nhlanhla Khumalo said he realised his cellphone was missing when he awoke one morning about two weeks ago, after having had female companions over the night before.

Aware of how frivolous his case might sound, he reluctantly went and reported the matter to the police.

“It was just a cellphone, but it was my cellphone and was of value to me,” said Khumalo.

He said he was about to throw in the towel after he had to wait for about four hours to get assistance at the police station, when he met Inspector Mduduzi Zwane, to whom he told his story.

The two went to kwaPata where one of the women lived, but could not find her. “I was really feeling despondent because I’m sure there are many other similar cases. I just thought the chance of them taking the matter up with the kind of vigour I would have like them to would be zero,” said Khumalo.

However, much to Khumalo’s surprise, Zwane followed the matter up on his own, until he finally traced the woman and brought her to Khumalo, with his cellphone, for identification.

“That was at about 10.30 at night. I really want to applaud his efforts. We are always highlighting the bad and forget to appreciate the good. His work was outstanding … ,” said Khumalo.

SAPS spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram said that is what the service is for.

“We are here to ensure community satisfaction in as far as our service delivery is concerned. In this case, it is satisfying to know that we have achieved it,” he said.


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