Cops rewarded for the hard slog

2018-06-14 06:00
Constables Cameron Louw and Moini Aphiwe were among several young officers awarded on the day..              PHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

Constables Cameron Louw and Moini Aphiwe were among several young officers awarded on the day.. PHOTOS: AISHAH CASSIEM

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It was smiles all around and excitement for a group of police officers at a special appreciation ceremony held in Mannenberg on Wednesday morning.

The event took place at the Church of Reconciliation in Thames Walk, Manenberg and was aimed to acknowledge both young and old crime fighters, committed to serving their communities in the Nyanga Police Cluster. About 60 members, mostly young individuals, received the awards, handed over personally by top cluster officials that included Deputy Cluster commander Brigadier Zingisa Manci and Major General Sizakhele Dyantyi.

“Whenever there was a need for these members to perform in the various gang-ridden communities, they were always ready to take on their duties.

“The general of the Nyanga cluster wanted to do something extra special to show appreciation for their work in fighting crime, and did it in this form instead,” said Captain Etienne Conradie, who serves on the cluster team.

“These members come from different areas, including Bishop Lavis, Mannenberg, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Elsies River, and Hanover Park. To add, we have a lot of young constables in this cluster, some aged 21 and 22.

“This is the type we need to perform duties as they have all the energy, especially when working in areas affected by crime.

“I would like to encourage them to continue what they are doing ... As dedicated fighters against crime, and to stay humble in their duties,” he added.

Dyantyi also addressed the group personally, reminding them to uphold the code of conduct for police officials.

He congratulated them for working beyond what was expected of them.

“When I look at how far we have come, it would be wrong for me to stand here and not thank each of you personally for what you have done.

“The sacrifices you have made have turned this cluster into what it is today,” he said, speaking to the awardees.

“Being in an NPO like this is not easy, and we need to constantly ask ourselves questions to be able to understand the real meaning of servicing a community and country,” he said.

“Working in this specific cluster is not easy, and each and every one of you should be proud of yourselves for making a difference by fighting crime in these communities we cover.”

The proud group of police officials were treated to a special sit-down lunch and were entertained with several song and dance items throughout the ceremony.

Immediately after the event, they hit the streets to return to their dedicated duties.

It was all smiles and excitement for a group of top police officers at a special appreciation ceremony held in Manenberg on Wednesday morning.

The event took place at the Church of Reconciliation in Thames Walk and aimed to acknowledge both young and old crime fighters, committed to serving their communities by fighting crime through the Nyanga Police Cluster.

About 60 officers, mostly young individuals, serving on the team received awards on the day, handed over personally by top cluster officials including deputy cluster commander Brigadier Zingisa Manci and Major General Sizakhele Dyantyi.

“Whenever there was a need for these members to perform in the various gang-ridden communities, they were always ready to take on their duties.

“The general of the Nyanga cluster wanted to do something extra special to show appreciation for their work in fighting crime, and did it in this form instead,” said Captain Etienne Conradie, who serves on the cluster team.

“These members come from different areas which include Bishop Lavis, Manenberg, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Elsies River, and Hanover Park, among others. To add, we have a lot of young constables in this cluster, some aged 21 and 22, and this is the type we need to perform duties as they have all the energy, especially when working in areas affected by crime.

“I would like to encourage them to continue what they are doing, as dedicated fighters against crime, and to stay humble in their duties,” he added.

Dyantyi also addressed the group personally, reminding them to uphold the code of conduct for police officials, and congratulated them for working beyond their expectation­.

“When I look at how far we have come, it would be wrong for me to stand here and not thank each of you personally for what you have done. The sacrifices you have made have turned this cluster into what it is today,” he said while addressing the awardees.

“Being in an NPO like this is not easy, and we need to constantly ask ourselves questions to be able to understand the real meaning of servicing a community and country. Working in this specific cluster is not easy, and each and every one of you should be proud of yourselves for making a difference by fighting crime in these communities we cover.”

The proud group of police officials were treated to a special sit-down lunch and were entertained with several song and dance items throughout the ceremony.

Immediately after the event, they hit the streets to return to their dedicated duties.

It was all smiles and excitement for a group of top police officers at a special appreciation ceremony held in Manenberg on Wednesday morning.

The event took place at the Church of Reconciliation in Thames Walk and aimed to acknowledge both young and old crime fighters, committed to serving their communities by fighting crime through the Nyanga Police Cluster.

About 60 officers, mostly young individuals, serving on the team received awards on the day, handed over personally by top cluster officials including deputy cluster commander Brigadier Zingisa Manci and Major General Sizakhele Dyantyi.

“Whenever there was a need for these members to perform in the various gang-ridden communities, they were always ready to take on their duties. The general of the Nyanga cluster wanted to do something extra special to show appreciation for their work in fighting crime, and did it in this form instead,” said Captain Etienne Conradie, who serves on the cluster team.

“These members come from different areas which include Bishop Lavis, Manenberg, Nyanga, Gugulethu, Elsies River, and Hanover Park, among others. To add, we have a lot of young constables in this cluster, some aged 21 and 22, and this is the type we need to perform duties as they have all the energy, especially when working in areas affected by crime.I would like to encourage them to continue what they are doing, as dedicated fighters against crime, and to stay humble in their duties,” he added.

Dyantyi also addressed the group personally, reminding them to uphold the code of conduct for police officials, and congratulated them for working beyond their expectation­.

“When I look at how far we have come, it would be wrong for me to stand here and not thank each of you personally for what you have done. The sacrifices you have made have turned this cluster into what it is today,” he said while addressing the awardees.

“Being in an NPO like this is not easy, and we need to constantly ask ourselves questions to be able to understand the real meaning of servicing a community and country. Working in this specific cluster is not easy, and each and every one of you should be proud of yourselves for making a difference by fighting crime in these communities we cover.”

The proud group of police officials were treated to a special sit-down lunch and were entertained with several song and dance items throughout the ceremony.

Immediately after the event, they hit the streets to return to their dedicated duties.

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