Mandeni station commander honoured as woman of the year Honour for Mandeni station commander

2016-10-12 06:00
Photo: supplied Mandeni SAPS station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Ziningi Zulu received the Police Woman of the Year award for 2015/2016 at the KZN SAPS Provincial Commissioners Excellence Awards held last Friday.

Photo: supplied Mandeni SAPS station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Ziningi Zulu received the Police Woman of the Year award for 2015/2016 at the KZN SAPS Provincial Commissioners Excellence Awards held last Friday.

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MANDENI SAPS station commander, Lieutenant Colonel Ziningi Zulu received the Police Woman of the Year award for 2015/2016 at the glittering annual KZN SAPS Provincial Commissioners Excellence Awards held last Friday, 7 October, at the Umhlanga Coastlands Hotel.

She attributed her recognition to the collective efforts of her colleagues who she said have made her realise her passion for policing and that teamwork is key in their line of work.

“I would not have been bestowed with this award had it not been for all the members of the ILembe cluster. I would also like to thank members at the Mandeni station for the support that they have given me,” Zulu said.

An advocate for children and women’s rights, Zulu is also the Women’s Networking Champion in the iLembe Cluster.

“I’m a dedicated police officer who goes beyond the call of duty, which is to fight crime, but I encourage women empowerment within the iLembe cluster and in the communities by holding regular campaigns against the abuse of women and children. These campaigns are taken to schools as well. I and my colleagues also visit hospices, prisons and host events to remember and honour our fallen heroes within Mandeni SAPS and iLembe cluster,” she said.

Zulu said that being a police officer requires one to have good values, integrity, be selfless, be honest and be a committed individual.

“At certain times you are required to work under extremely unfavourable conditions, under pressure, long hours and still manage to achieve the desired results. Fighting crime is a continuous effort,” she said.

She joined the SAPS in 1994 and has steadily scaled up the ranks to leadership positions which include Strategic Officer – Facilitation in Organisation Development at the Provincial Office to Station Commander of Newark SAPS from 2009 till 2014 until being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel as a Station Commander of Mandeni SAPS from October 2014 to date.

She said that by promoting a multi-disciplinary strategy towards combating crime within the Mandeni policing precinct, there has been a noticeable reduction in the crime rate in the area.

Zulu is not just a police officer, but she is also a devout Christian and a mother of two sons who, she said, enjoy playing sports with her as a family tradition.

“One of my sons is in university in Durban and the other is in high school. We enjoy playing golf together. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym,” she said.


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