South Africa: The Provincial Commissioner Commends SAPS Family for Turning Crime Victims' Misfortune Into Shower of Blessings

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The Provincial Commissioner of police in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant General Mondli Zuma, commends the SAPS family in White River for turning the misfortune of crime victims into shower of blessings. The good gesture by these caring members of the police comes after an incident that occurred yesterday, Tuesday 14 January 2020, whereby a 17 year old girl was allegedly robbed of her belongings on the R40 road near White River.

According to the report, the young girl and her 25 year old sister had just purchased school items at a mall in Nelspruit, in preparation for the re-opening of schools today, Wednesday 15 January 2020. They (sisters) then went hitch-hiking on R40 and a Maroon Renault driven by a man stopped and offered them a lift to Burgersfort.

The driver of the Renault, who was alone, made the sisters feel comfortable, further informing them that he was on his way to Limpopo for registration, so as to allay suspicion and fear.

The girls journey however, ended next to the turn off near a lodge situated near White River, when the driver stopped the vehicle, claiming it was experiencing some mechanical fault. He then requested the two girls to assist in pushing the car so that he could attempt to start it. The girls then agreed to assist, leaving their belongings which included R2000 cash as well as school items inside the man's car.

The car eventually started without any difficulty and the man drove off and left the girls behind. The two girls were left stranded but managed to report this man's evil deeds to the police in White River.

The police registered a case of theft and they (police) immediately commenced with their investigation. The men and women in blue showed compassion and as parents, they were so touched by the heart breaking incident, which propelled them to express their love by obtaining some contributions from the local business people in White River. The business sector did not disappoint and they assisted in buying clothes, a cellphone as well as offered an amount of about R3000 for the girl's school registration fees and transport back home.

The teenage girl and her elder sister have since thanked the police as well as the businesses for their great help and humanity. "I am currently on my way to register for Grade 12 at a private school in Limpopo and to be honest, I never really thought police would display such kindness and go an extra mile to assist us. This has changed my perception about the police in general and I even feel safe at this moment due to this kind gesture. From the bottom of my heart, I say thank you to the police in White River for all they've done for me "said the teenage victim.

The Provincial Commissioner has condemned the alleged crime committed by the man and in the same breath also commended the sterling work done by police following the incident where they (police) assisted the two victims. "It really shows that we have got a good calibre of police officers within the SAPS, members who go beyond the call of duty to turn the tide against crime and ensure that they add passion to their work even when they are often not thanked enough or acknowledged. I am proud of such members because they are true patriotic police officers who are called to sacrifice their time, effort and even their lives to better the lives of the community. Though at times there are those elements that creep in and join the service whilst knowing themselves to be camouflaged criminals. I want to ensure the public that we are busy rooting out these elements and are making great strides, " said General Zuma

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