STATEMENT BY PORT SHEPSTONE SAPS:
The women’s charter is a legislative act that was passed in 1954 to protect and advance the rights of women and girls. This year marks 60 years since the adoption of the women’s charter and over twenty years since the dawn of democracy in South Africa.
Female members from the various police stations and units within the Port Shepstone SAPS Cluster teamed up with officials of the Umdoni Protection Services, Road Traffic Inspectorate (RTI) and Department of Home Affairs to conduct a multi-disciplinary roadblock on the N2 freeway at Park Rynie on Thursday, 20 August.
While police and law enforcement officials stopped and searched vehicles for illegal firearms, drugs and stolen property, volunteers of the Scottburgh SAPS Youth Desk handed out crime awareness pamphlets to motorists and public transport commuters.
The roadblock was carried out under the umbrella of national operation “Operation Fiela” and “Operation Basadi”.
Brigadier Agnes Nxamagele, the Port Shepstone SAPS Station Commander, was the operational officer in overall command of the roadblock which was a success in terms of arrests, police visibility and making the general public aware of crime and its consequences. During the month of August, female members of the SAPS Port Shepstone Cluster also engaged in various other initiatives to highlight abuse of women and to educate women and children of their constitutional rights.
“We are equally as competent in fighting crime as our male colleagues in the SAPS. There is an increase in the number of women filling positions in previously male-dominated fields such as the Diving Unit, Public Order Policing Unit (POPU), K9 Unit, Tactical Response Team (TRT), SAPS Air Wing and the Equestrian Unit,” said Brigadier Nxamagele who thanked the members, especially the women, for their loyalty and commitment to the SAPS.
“Most of these women are mothers who have to fulfil their roles as mothers and wives after a hectic tour of duty,” she said.