A King William’s Town trio were honoured at the annual Excellence Awards hosted by the South African Police Services (SAPS) last Friday at the East London International Conventional Centre (ICC).
Sgt Mkuseli Falo, Sgt Bongiwe Tshandu and Cst Ntsikelelo Mboko scooped the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offence Unit (FCS) Team Of the Year award.
A very proud Lt Col Zithulele Mahlambeni, the commander at the FCS Unit in the King William’s Town cluster, accepted the award on behalf of the winners.
The team investigated a case of rape reported in December 2017 that saw the accused suspect getting sentenced on three counts for rape, attempted murder and kidnapping, in a period of four months.
The Eastern Cape provincial commissioner Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga said the SAPS was proud to acknowledge “those who have gone above and beyond the usual call of duty”.
Delivering a message of support on behalf of the SAPS national commissioner, deputy national commissioner Lt Gen Bonang Mgwenya said both SAPS Act members and PSA Act members employees played had have a vital role in towards fighting crime and they had to complement each other.
“At our awards, we also acknowledge the vital role our employees in the support environment played. Without their dedication and commitment, our operational members would not have been empowered to be as effective and efficient as they proved to be,” she said.
Delivering the keynote address, MEC for transport, safety and liaison Weziwe Tikana said: “To the good, diligent and dedicated officers who are here this evening, your efforts have not gone unnoticed.
“You truly are the unsung heroes of our democratic South Africa. Your role is crucially important in advancing our democracy and the general prosperity of our beautiful country.”