Top in KZN: Plessislaer’s dedicated FCS detectives honoured with award

2011-09-23 00:00

TWENTY Plessislaer detectives of the family violence, child protection and sexual offences unit say they are honoured to be recognised as the top FCS unit in KwaZulu-Natal.

The SA Police Service certificate of appreciation from the provincial commissioner’s office was awarded to the best performing unit of 25 in the province.

Detective Constable Zweni Mkhize, who has been part of the dedicated team since 2009, told The Witness the police station is short of bakkies.

The roads they use in most of the areas are uneven and bumpy, and tyres often burst while they are going to help a victim of rape, he added.

However, these experiences do not affect their determination.

“Sometimes when we are at home at night we get calls and are forced to abandon our families to attend to a complainant,” he said.

The head of the Plessislaer FCS unit, Lieutenant-Colonel Selva Naick, said the team always does its best.

The unit also covers Taylor’s Halt, Richmond, Thornville, Himeville, Bulwer and Mid-Illovo.

“The cases that we deal with are very disturbing and brutal, especially when children are raped,” Naick told The Witness.

“You just need to have love and dedication to do this job.”

The police station has a long record of successful convictions.

In the past three months the criminals they have caught have received five life terms, one 20-year sentence and one of 18 years.

“My team often works overtime with no compensation because they’re all dedicated,” Naick said.

The FCS units were established in 1995 when the need was identified for the expansion of the sensitive service rendered to children and adult victims of family violence and sexual offences.

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