FS officer rewarded after saving elderly woman from drowning

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Provincial Commissioner of the Police in the Free State, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane with Constable Moleko Mabe

The Free State police officer who made headlines this past week when he risked his own life to save an elderly woman from drowning, has been rewarded.

Constable Moleko Mabe, who without hesitation jumped into the Kgoptjane River in Phuthaditjhaba, has impressed the provincial management with his good work. They then decided to dig deep into their own pockets to reward him with “something small”.

Police spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele, said that the Provincial Commissioner of the police in the Free State, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane, was touched by this act of braveness. “She decided that he deserves to be acknowledged beyond the police’s rewarding programmes,” said Makhele.

Provincial Commissioner of the Police in the Free State, Lieutenant General Baile Motswenyane handing Constable Moleko Mabe his reward

Motswenyane said that they mostly receive reports about “how bad members are”, and to hear something like this made her very emotional. “I know this constable is not a swimmer, nor trained to rescue people, but without the necessary equipment he did not think twice to risk his own life to save that of an elderly woman,” said Motswenyane.

Motswenyane added that there are formal channels to reward members, which they will do, but she, together with other managers gave money from their own pockets as a token of appreciation.

When handing over the reward, which was an envelope with R5 000 cash, Motswenyane said: “This is not much, but this is how touched we were with your extra ordinary effort to save the life of this old lady. May other members follow your lead.”

Mabe said that he did not expect anything in return as his only thought was saving the life of the elderly woman.

Pierce van Heerden

pierce@mahareng.co.za