Bertrams – Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) officer Sergeant Phineas Manyama’s exceptional dedication paid off when he won a new car and R5 000 after being named Officer of the Year at the JMPD Annual Recognition Awards.
The ceremony was held at Ellis Park stadium on Tuesday, where the awards recognised Manyama for having forfeited his long service leave to be on duty, and working longer shifts than any other officer.
“It’s an honour to receive this award. I would like to thank my team, without them I wouldn’t be standing here,” Manyama said.
Outgoing mayor Herman Mashaba paid a special tribute to all officers who put their lives on the line to protect residents of Joburg.
“When you go to work you leave your families with uncertainty, not knowing if you will return home alive or not. You do it with dedication and passion, for that I salute you,” the Mashaba said.
Other officers honoured included Duduzile Mphembe for her bravery and Phumzile Mkwanazi for arresting a rape suspect who was later sentenced to life imprisonment.
The ceremony was attended by Public Safety MMC Michael Sun, Corporate and Shared Services MMC Ntombi Khumalo, Economic Development MMC Leah Knott and Gauteng Police Commissioner, Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela.