Police awarded for excellence

Awards received by police officers.

A station lecture and awards ceremony were held at Wonderboompoort police station this week.

The ceremony was held in partnership with the community policing forum (CPF).

Police spokesperson Constable Mandlakayise Zwane said the purpose of the station lecture was to keep members abreast of developments at the station.

“We also reminded members of professionalism at all times when performing their duties,” he said.

“The awards were to encourage outstanding performers to continue with their exceptional performance in our battle against crime.”

Also read: Pretoria, stand together to help communities in Knysna

Zwane said not given awards were encouraged to stand up and be counted among the best in the upcoming awards.

Station commander Lieutenant-Colonel Thenjiwe Malangeni and Detective Branch Commander Captain Daniel de Jager congratulated Detective Sergeant Johanna Putter for being the best investigator with the most outstanding convictions. Awards received by police officers.

Residents in Pretoria are joining hands to help people affected by the Knysna fires in the Western Cape.

Last week, Rekord called upon its readers to help communities in Knysna left devastated by the veld fires that ravaged through the area, taking lives and leaving massive destruction in its wake.

In association with sister branches across the country, Rekord launched its #HelpingKnysna project in aid of affected Knysna residents.

Pretoria residents were asked to help donate much-needed goods such as nonperishable food and blankets.

Rekord and its sister branches will be transporting these donations on a weekly basis to areas in Knysna affected by the fires.

Also read: What you need to know about the #KnysnaFire

Rekord already received a heap of donations ready for transport and thanks its loyal readers and residents for their valued contributions.

Pretoria residents Willem and Rina Semmelink, who contributed blankets and bedding, said anyone could make a big difference with the smallest of donations.

“We are privileged to have a roof over our heads and a bed to sleep in. The least we can do is help people who have lost everything,” said Rina.

Rina said she and her husband were driven to give donations after the fire damaged a family member’s property.

“My cousin’s vacation home was destroyed close to the family who lost their lives in the fire. And while my cousin still has a home, the rest of the people who survived lost it all.” She said:

“I remember what those beautiful homes looked like before the fire. It breaks my heart knowing there’s just rubble and ash… It will be difficult for the people to build up their entire lives again.”

Another resident, Mireille Steenekamp, who donated groceries, said many Knysna residents still required very basic donations such as non-perishable food.

“A colleague and I know people who have been affected by the fires,” she said.

“I decided on donating basic things like toothbrushes, toothpaste and clothes that could help some of the people who have lost their homes and basic supplies.”

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Non-perishable food and bottled water is still high on the list of needed donations.

Rekord welcomes any donations. They can be brought to Rekord offices at 32 Orpen Avenue, Lydiana, Pretoria. Readers quick in giving for Knysna Corlia Kruger Rekord editorial team with some of the donations contributed by residents.

“She recently investigated a case where a man was convicted for house robberies and breaking into houses,” Zwane said.

The man was sentenced to 36 years in prison. In another case a man was convicted for murder and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Assistant detective branch commander, head of social crime prevention and head of visible policing congratulated Warrant Officer Daniel Bruwer after he was awarded with the station commander’s award.

“This award is given to an officer that has worked hard and gone beyond the call of duty, in fighting crime and ensuring that all inhabitants of Wonderboompoort and their properties are safe,” he said.

The CPF’s secretary and chairperson were awarded as a crime prevention member for being the most outstanding member in attending to community complaints.

Awards were accepted on behalf of the officers who were absent.

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