From stopping robberies in progress, to helping motorists while off duty… these heroic Officers were commended at the mid-year Cape Town Metro Police award ceremony!
Western Cape, South Africa (19 April 2021) – On Friday, 16 April 2021, the City’s Metropolitan Police Department commended officers for exceptional service at the mid-year awards ceremony. The awards are a recognition of officers who have excelled in carrying out their duties in the community.
Staff were recognised in five awards categories – Bravery, Outstanding Service, Team of the Year, Supervisor of the Year and Officer of the Year.
“Our officers work long hours and in difficult circumstances and have made us proud in their efforts to protect and serve the community and residents of Cape Town. The past year was, without doubt, the most difficult year we have ever experienced and for officers to excel in these circumstances, speaks to the dedication, bravery and commitment. We commend those who received awards, but also the rest of the staff complement – everyone plays an important role in contributing towards a safer community,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, Alderman JP Smith.
Read about the awards below:
Award for Bravery
Constable Yazeed Majiet received this award for assisting a resident who was being robbed at the Town Centre in Mitchells Plain.
The constable was on his way to work when he spotted the robbery in progress, pulled over and pursued and apprehended the suspect who was in possession of the woman’s belongings. The suspect was arrested and taken to Mitchells Plain SAPS where he was charged for Robbery and Possession of Stolen Property (handbag, wallet and cell phone). Constable Majiet was not on duty and was without a firearm and backup. He chose to help the victim without hesitation.
Award for Outstanding Service
The award went to Constable Phumeza Manikivana, who made 19 arrests during the lockdown period on a range of charges, including reckless and negligent driving, drunk driving, fraud, resisting arrest and possession of a dangerous weapon.
Constable Manikivana has been in the City’s employ for two years and is highly motivated, putting service delivery within the organisation as a priority. She is always willing to assist motorists who experience difficulties on the N2 on her way home after her tour of duty.
Team of the year
The Special Operations Tactical Response Unit (TRU) was recognised for being relentless in ensuring public safety.
These members’ unconditional dedication, diligence and commitment in responding to and addressing civil unrest, protests, illegal gatherings, marches, stabilisation of gang activities, core Covid- 9 response with the South African National Defence Force and SAPS and supporting operations across the Safety and Security Directorate is commendable.
Supervisor of the year
Tasneem Osman received this award for exceptional leadership amid the challenges of COVID-19.
Her unparalleled determination for operations to continue and her sense of duty to the department sets a proud example to the team. Ms Osman has a very strong character and structured work ethic. She supports her team not only by giving praise, but also by providing constructive advice regarding areas for improved service to the department and in terms of monitoring deliverables. This in turn contributed to overall job satisfaction in the work environment.
Officer of the year
Constable Henco Malan performed outstanding service for the two years he has been employed by the City.
He is always at work, with very few off days, is highly competent and very reliable. He issued 1 059 traffic notices and 36 by-law notices. He is a team player and is always willing to assist with any situation.
Letters of Appreciation
Letters of appreciation were also issued to the following staff members who were nominated in the following categories:
- Outstanding service: Sergeant Allen Davids, Sergeant Maxwell Baron, Constable Conrad Stuurman, Constable Jupiter Keffers, Crime Analyst Alwyn Davids, CCTV Analyst Jonathan Van As, Constable Rudi Van Rooi, Constable Piwe Kwaza, Constable Ryno Van Zyl, Constable Jeremy Myberg, Constable Jolene Lindt, Constable Mlawuli Mjacu and Constable Donavan Abrahams.
- Supervisor of the year: Sergeant Paul James and Superintendent Charlotte Maree
- Officer of the year: Constable Henrico Julies, Constable Clint Engelbrecht and Constable Bradley Theunissen
- Team of the Year: Sergeant James and team (Area South), Sergeant Fortuin Fortuin and team (Area West 1), Co-Ordination Desk team, Statistical Office (Area North), Acting Sergeant Hoffman (Area West 2).
Chief of the City’s Metro Police Department, Wayne le Roux says that with these awards, the city is s saying thank you to the officers who walked the extra mile to serve and protect.
“There is a massive responsibility on the shoulders of these men and women, who are often confronted with very dangerous circumstances. Teamwork within our department is important and plays a motivational role in building camaraderie and trust between officers. We are proud to have such dedicated staff and to those who were nominated and received awards – once again, congratulations – let’s stay committed in our efforts to make communities safer.”