Region’s hero cops rewarded

Barbara Hollands

FROM hair-raising shootouts with armed gangs to tracking down one of South Africa’s worst serial killers, several Eastern Cape cops emerged as heroes in the prestigious Star of the Year category of the provincial SAPS Service Excellence Awards held in East London last night.

The Star of the Year award is made to a policeman who shows exceptional bravery or dedication in the line of duty, a description which suits winner Captain Mbangi Mampondo of the Butterworth cluster down to the ground.

Mampondo, who has been a cop for 29 years, did not stop to think of his own safety when he single-handedly took on an armed gang of five men who had just held up the Weir’s wholesale store in Dutywa last year.


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