Port Elizabeth – The South African Police Service Motherwell Cluster held its Medal Parade ceremony at the Motherwell Sport centre where over 60 policewomen and policemen were awarded medals for good community work and service excellence this Thursday.
The prestigious event which began at 10 even awarded deceased Warrant Officer T Ngalo’s spouse his 10 and 20-year loyalty award as he had passed on earlier this year, but was due for his award.
Motherwell Station Commander Brigadier EMJ Neveling opened the ceremony and welcomed guests and then said that the Motherwell Cluster is the best cluster in Motherwell and later added that it had been the best for the past three years.
The main address of the day was the Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Rabie, who also presented the awards. In his address Rabie urged all officers to treat the blue uniform with dignity, integrity and always be humble and disciplined.
“Acknowledgement by the Motherwell SAPS specifically where medals were awarded for 10, 20 and 30-year service” and that the service award can only be awarded for “exemplary service without being convicted of a criminal and disciplinary offence” said Rabie
Guests were treated to a performance by Kleinville Band and the Fire Arm display led by Luitenent Colonel Adams and award winning Drill Platoon. Drill Platoon won the best fire-arm display which according to member Constable Mtongana are the only drill squad in Port Elizabeth and sometimes represent Eastern Cape at funerals and other policing prestigious events.
Twenty-two police were awarded 10-year loyalty medals while six were awarded 10 and 20-year service awards. Seven police were also awarded 20-year loyalty medals and only two were awarded 30-year loyalty medals. Service awards were also awarded for the different cluster groups and a special award was awarded to a policewoman for woman of the year for working beyond the call of duty and being strategic in the arrests of many criminals.
The Motherwell Police Station were tasked to focus on robberies, they boast of having reduced their robberies which include house robberies, business robberies and street robberies by over 50 percent between 2016 and 2017 according to the efficiency index. They have also been lucky to have not lost any police on duty as other police have all passed on due to natural causes.