The cop with a call­ing

The Times (South Africa) - - News - By KGAUGELO MASWENENG

● A Joburg po­lice officer has won praise for a heart-warm­ing Face­book post in which he ex­presses his pas­sion for his job.

Thapelo Mo­gale‚ 33‚ who is a mem­ber of the Sand­ton Vis­i­ble Polic­ing Unit‚ said he wrote the post to mo­ti­vate his col­leagues to rise above the crit­i­cism they face.

“Polic­ing is not just a job but a call­ing. I be­came a po­lice­man in 2009. I was in­spired by my un­cle‚ who is an ex-cop‚ to be a po­lice­man. I al­ways looked at his courage and wanted to be the same.”

Mo­gale‚ who is a fa­ther of four‚ says his part­ner un­der­stands the na­ture of his job‚ but his chil­dren of­ten do not.

“Some­times my kids will ask: ‘Daddy‚ why are you never home?’ They don’t al­ways un­der­stand. Be­cause I wake up at

4am and I’m at work at quar­ter to six‚ I am hardly home. But I stay mo­ti­vated be­cause I know I am do­ing this for my coun­try and its peo­ple‚” said Mo­gale.

In his Face­book post‚ Mo­gale wrote: “It has been proven that my life ex­pectancy is shorter than yours be­cause of the stress I go through & the sick­nesses I get ex­posed to & yet there are no hero movies about us.

“I must give my life ev­ery day for peo­ple I don’t know‚ have never met be­fore and who don’t like me‚ when my fam­ily is at home asleep alone‚ I must be on the road to pro­tect you‚ but I will give my life for my uni­form be­cause to be a po­lice officer is a call­ing not a job.”

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