‘Cherry on top’ medals for city police officers

2015-11-12 11:30
KZN police commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni inspects police officers at the uMgungundlovu South police yesterday at the annual medal parade held at the Royal Showgrounds. The medals were handed out to those who have served an protect

KZN police commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni inspects police officers at the uMgungundlovu South police yesterday at the annual medal parade held at the Royal Showgrounds. The medals were handed out to those who have served an protect (Ian Carbutt)

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Pietermaritzburg - More than 100 Pietermaritzburg police officers received medals, certificates and other accolades for their years of dedication to the fight against crime at the uMgungundlovu South police medal parade at the Royal Showgrounds on Wednesday.

Among the officers recognised, 37 received medals for 30 years of service, 11 for 20 years and 52 for 10 years.

Pietermaritzburg station commander Colonel Phillip Mlambo was the most senior recipient, with more than 32 years of service, and was awarded two medals yesterday to add to his existing five. Six officers also received medals for service during the 2010 soccer world cup, and one officer was ­awarded a commemoration medal issued by President Jacob Zuma for being in the ­service during the first 10 years of South ­Africa’s democracy.

Constables Christian Shabangu, Zbonele Myende and Mthokozisi Ngobese were three of the four people awarded commendations by uMgungundlovu South cluster commander Major-General Lucas Ngobeni.

The fourth person, who the police only identified as Ms Govender — a clerk from the police 10111 call centre — was recognised for her efforts in the arrest of the Imbali woman who tried to sell her baby on Gumtree last month.

According to Ngobese, these awards were for “the cherries on the top” in terms of officers in the cluster. In his speech yesterday, Ngobeni thanked the officers for their “commitment and loyalty to the community”.

“The commitment and work ethic in serving fellow human beings is a true gift.

“Members who are going to receive medals today stand as icons and true representatives of the victory that the police service continually aspires to achieve,” he said.

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