Local crime fighters honoured at awards function in Durban

2016-03-01 10:18
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Pietermaritzburg - Pietermaritzburg's men and women in blue have a reason to celebrate after being hailed as some of the best crime fighters in the province.

Various policing units and community members from Pietermaritzburg were celebrated at an awards function held in Durban on Friday last week for their active role in the fight against crime.

The Police Service Excellence Awards — hosted annually by MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu — is a ceremony to honour and recognise police and community crime fighters who have gone beyond the call of duty to “protect life and limb” in the province.

Pietermaritzburg police stations and local community leaders in different sectors of the community featured prominently in various categories.

In the category of specialised units, Pietermaritzburg scooped the first prize for the best Public Order Policing (POP) unit and best Stock Theft Unit.

The city’s officers also snatched second places in both the best Tactical Response Team (TRT) category as well as the best Large Performing Police Stations, which was awarded to ­Pietermaritzburg (Loop Street) police station.

Leading Pietermaritzburg businessman Boy Zondi, who is also active in the public transport sector, was recognised by Mchunu for his role in “professionalising” the taxi industry and working with local and provincial government to bring “peace and stability” to the public transport sector.

Zondi is also the national deputy president of the SA National Taxi Association and its KZN chairperson.

In his address, Mchunu described the award recipients as “selfless cadres” in the war against crime and criminality. “We are indeed paying tribute to all these humble servants of the people who continue to strive for the improvements of the quality lives of the citizens of KZN,” he said.

“This event offers us an opportunity to celebrate as the people of KZN those who have gone beyond the call of duty in the execution of critical service to the people.”

• amil.umraw@witness.co.za

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