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EThekwini female Metro Police officers ensure safety
AN ALL-FEMALE Metro Police Unit task force held City-wide roadblocks on National Women’s Day, 9
August, in commemoration of the role played by women in the liberation of the country.
Acting Head of Metro Police Steve Middleton said the Women’s Day roadblocks, consisted of about 30 female members who were led by Senior Superintendents Lindi Nkolele and Joyce Khuzwayo. The team stopped and checked thousands of vehicles, which included visitors into the City.

Middleton said summons amounting to R223 000 were issued during the operation, adding that R84 000 worth of warrants have already been paid. “The idea to have an all-female team stemmed from discussions with our female members who wanted a memorable way to commemorate National Women’s Day,” he said. Middleton said the City and the Unit could not deny the valuable contribution made by women like struggle heroine’s such as Lillian Ngoyi, Helen Suzman and Fatima Meer, and offered the female staff members the chance to celebrate their contribution to the City’s workforce.

Middleton said the response from motorists was positive. “There were no major issues reported. Motorists were cordial and showed respect to our officers. Nothing beyond the norm,” he said. The roadblocks were strategically set up in four busy parts of the City. “The whole day was about celebrating our female Metro Police members who risk their lives every day to serve and protect residents and visitors.

We also had an all-female team monitoring a march through the City centre,” he added. EThekwini Municipality remains committed to women empowerment and aims to raise the profile of women by providing opportunities for them to excel in male dominated sectors.

princess.nkabane@durban.gov.za 
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