By Mhlaba Memela

  • Sergeant Silindile Masondo is commended by Minister Lindiwe Zulu and MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza for her exceptional bravery in rescuing an abandoned toddler at the Ntuzuma Community Service Centre.
  • Acting swiftly and selflessly, Sergeant Masondo’s intervention saved the child’s life, demonstrating extraordinary compassion and professionalism.
  • Minister Zulu and MEC Khoza praised Sergeant Masondo’s heroic actions, emphasizing the importance of recognising and celebrating acts of kindness and bravery within communities.

In a commendable display of humanity and dedication to duty, Sergeant Silindile Masondo has been recognised and acknowledged by the Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, and KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC, Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza, for her extraordinary service in saving the life of a toddler.

Sergeant Masondo exhibited exceptional compassion and professionalism when she intervened to rescue a toddler abandoned by her mother at the Ntuzuma Community Service Centre.  Acting swiftly and decisively, Sergeant Masondo’s quick thinking and selflessness undoubtedly saved the vulnerable child’s life.  She was seen caring for the child on her back while working.  This was after the mother dumped the child following her request to the police officer to look after the child while she had gone to the restroom.

Minister Zulu expressed her deep gratitude to Sergeant Masondo for her courageous and compassionate actions in saving lives. 

“Sergeant Masondo’s heroic act exemplifies the values of empathy and service that are at the core of our mission in the Department of Social Development. We commend her for her selflessness and dedication to protecting the most vulnerable members of our society,” she said.

Minister Zulu said Sergeant Masondo went the extra mile by buying food, nappies and clothes for the child in need. 

“This child was dumped while commemorating Child Protection Month. The police officer made it a point that the life of the child was saved and we are happy that she is alive and safe in our centre,” she said.

MEC Khoza echoed Minister Zulu’s sentiments, emphasising the importance of recognising and celebrating acts of kindness and bravery within our communities. 

“Sergeant Masondo’s actions serve as a shining example of the positive impact that individuals can have when they show kindness and compassion towards others.  We are immensely proud of her and grateful for her service.  We want more people like her in our society,” she said.

Sergeant Masondo’s courageous and compassionate intervention serves as a reminder of the critical role that law enforcement officers play in safeguarding the well-being of all members of society. MEC Khoza said her actions are a testament to the power of empathy and humanity in creating safer and more caring communities for all. Minister Zulu shared a token of appreciation to Sergeant Masondo and asked her to continue to be a shining light to society.

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