The cop with a calling
● 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.”