Sergeant Phineas Manyama’s exceptional dedication and hard work over the years paid off when he took home a brand new car and R5 000 cash after being named Officer of the Year at the prestigious Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) Annual Recognition Awards.
Held on Tuesday, 26 November at the Ellis Park stadium in Bertrams, east of the city centre, the awards recognised Manyama for having forfeited his long service leave to be on duty, working longer shifts than any other officer. He also excelled in different units within JMPD.
Manyama was one of the officers who apprehended 10 suspects for allegedly stealing 16 000 litres of diesel from the City’s metro buses.
“It’s an honour to receive this award. I would like to thank my team, without them I wouldn’t be standing here,” said the soft spoken officer.
Outgoing Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Herman Mashaba, paid a special tribute to all officers who put their lives on the line to protect residents of Joburg.
“When you leave your homes to go to work you leave your families with uncertainty, not knowing if you will return home alive or not. You do it with dedication and passion, for that I salute you,” the Mashaba explained.
The mayor also urged officers to continue serving without fear. “The days of law enforcement officials being criticised for doing their job are over. We must reclaim the City from criminals, drug lords and illegal traders,” he emphasised.
JMPD Chief of Police David Tembe thanked all sponsors for their generosity and championing campaigns that encourage drivers not to drink and drive.
Other officers honoured on the night included Duduzile Mphembe for her bravery and Officer Phumzile Mkwanazi for arresting a rape suspect who was later sentenced to life imprisonment, they both walked away with R5 000 and R15 000 respectively.
The award ceremony was attended by Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC) for Public Safety, Michael Sun, MMC for Corporate and Shared Services, Ntombi Khumalo, MMC of Economic Development, Leah Knott, and the Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela.
Written by Takalani Sioga