Medals for loyal officers

2018-02-27 06:00
At the medal parade on Wednesday 21 February, Rondebosch police were warned to stay safe in their duties.PHOTO: nomzamo yuku

At the medal parade on Wednesday 21 February, Rondebosch police were warned to stay safe in their duties.PHOTO: nomzamo yuku

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About 40 Rondebosch police officers were honoured for their loyal service at a medal parade held in the St Michael’s Church hall on Wednesday 21 February.

The medals were awarded to police officers who have served for 10, 20 and 30 years.

Wynberg station commander, Brigadier Nokuthula Mzila, was a guest speaker at the event and she applauded the officers for their hard work and loyalty in serving their communities.

Mzila said the officers are doing a thankless job that is not easy to keep up with for so many years and sometimes lives are cut short.

“It is not easy to survive this job – it is risky and takes a lot of courage. This is a thankless job, hence it is important to celebrate those who have sacrificed years to deliver services with loyalty, abiding by their oath.”

She warned officers to always to put their safety first, as the number of police killings is on the rise.

“You must not take your safety for granted, as there are criminals who would do anything to stay out of jail. This morning (Wednesday 21 February) five police officers were killed inside a police station in Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape. That is a great lose not just for their families, but for police services countrywide. As much as we are here to protect our communities, it remains a fact that we are targets to the criminals,” Mzila said.

Rondebosch station commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Barbara Breedt, added that it had been a pleasure for her to witness most of the recipients grow within the station and to be among those receiving awards. She received three medals at the parade: centenary, 20 years of service, and 2010 World Cup.

The officers also received words of appreciation from the community policing forum. Chairperson Bernard Soules said they have built a successful relationship with the police and will continue to work together to create a safe community.

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