That’s more like it! You know, people often admire leaders who lead by practical example. More so, safeguarding lives, especially in turbulent times like this should be the priority of everyone – officially recruited or not. I surmise the light of this mindset was what really propelled South Africa’s Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane to solely ward off two robbers who were on a dangerous mission at a spa in Rosebank.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, who spoke to a local daily revealed that Phahlane accosted the robbers while waiting for his wife in the car. “The Acting National Commissioner accompanied his wife to a spa in Rosebank and was waiting [for her] in the car. He noticed two men entering the spa wearing balaclavas and armed with pistols. [The national commissioner] went into action. He fought with the two guys with the view to take away the firearms.
[He] managed to ward them off and they ran away,” Mulaudzi said. Hawks spokesperson also disclosed that while the scuffle lasted, only one shot was fired while the two assailants were running away and that no one was injured. “The commissioner [sustained] minor injuries because of the scuffle. But he is fine,” he added. Of a truth, Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane really showed a glimmering example of what it means to safeguard lives and property at any time. His courage is also worth-emulating.
Meanwhile, Phahlane has filed a R500 000 defamation lawsuit against the police union for alleging that he ran a corrupt SAPS Silverton Forensic Science Laboratory before he became top cop. According to Phahlane, he is claiming the aforementioned amount from the Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru), its secretary Steve Matsemela and three other police officers for the statements they made at a press conference in 2012.
Reports said the allegations include sabotage of services, concealing or doctoring of crime statistics, theft of drugs worth about R500 million, irregular appointments, sexual harassment and rhino horn theft. According to police union, the allegations were divulged by people victimized at disciplinary hearings.