A FAMILY Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit detective from the Eastern Cape has been named one of the country’s top investigators. Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa hailed Queenstown Constable Ndileka Bokolo after she secured four life sentences for one rapist, found guilty of raping four minors. She is one of just seven of the country’s top investigators for 2012-13.
Bokolo, a wife and mother to a 14-year-old girl, said while working with the unit was emotionally draining, her love for children kept her passionate and motivated.
“I love children and it breaks my heart that there is a high rate of crime committed against women and children. These cases do sometimes affect me emotionally, more especially because I am a mother. Fortunately, I was trained by the police to be empathetic not sympathetic,” she said.
Bokolo joined the police as an administration clerk based at Cofimvaba in 2002. But after seeing her colleagues go “crazy with excitement” after making an arrest, she moved on to becoming a police officer in 2006, working at a community service centre in Queenstown until joining the family unit.
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