Retired, but not going anywhere

2019-09-24 06:00
Steenberg CPF’s Beveryl Cerff, Moeridah Dien and CPF chairperson Gavin Walbrugh.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Steenberg CPF’s Beveryl Cerff, Moeridah Dien and CPF chairperson Gavin Walbrugh.PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Moeridah Dien may be retiring from her job as a reservist at Steenberg police station, but she has made it clear to her colleagues: “I’m not going anywhere.”

Dien says she has seen the worst of the worst during her 20 years of service at the station. “I’ve seen a person’s throat slit open. At first it is very traumatising, but after a while you get use to it.”

She began working at the station in 1999, first as a trauma counsellor and then, 12 years later, as a reservist.

Dien was tasked with stabilising the victims of various incidents during the time it took for investigating detectives to make their way to the scene or to the police station.

She says what kept her motivated was that when people came in they were traumatised, but by the time they had to leave, they had a smile on their face.

“It’s been a driving force for me. It kept me coming back.”

According to police regulations, reservists must retire at the age of 60. Dien celebrated her 60th birthday on Wednesday 11 September.

“It’s out of my control, but if they need me I will come back to help where I can.”

In addition to working with the police, Dien founded a non-profit organisation (NPO) called Dews of Quietness. It provides counselling to youth and women who have been abused.

Based at Delta Primary School in Steenberg, the NPO comprises about 20 women, all trained to work with women and children who have suffered trauma.

Steenberg community policing forum (CPF) and police hosted a farewell for Dien at the station on Tuesday 17 September.

Lt Col Elizabeth Steenkamp spoke about Dien’s character. Steenkamp said Dien was much more than just a colleague – a testament supported by all who attended.

“I got to know Moeridah on a more personal level, because I never worked with her, but I know she has faith like potatoes. And even in the work that she does for the community; I don’t think many people have the drive to care for the abused and children – it takes a special kind of person, and that is Moeridah,” she said.

Spokesperson for the station, Sgt Wesley Twigg added: “Thank you for all you’ve done here at the station. Just because you’re no longer a reservist, doesn’t mean we won’t be calling on you.”

Lt Col Murphy Papa, one of the newer members at the station, said even in his short time there, he could see Dien’s passion for the people.

“She is of great service here in Steenberg. To quote Col Schwartz, this one lady counts for 20 people. We’re definitely still going to call on you, even if it is just for advice. Thank you for your service and your contribution to this community.”

Station commander Col Jan Alexander and CPF chairperson Gavin Walbrugh both agreed on the two words that best describe Dien: dedicated and committed.


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