Sweeping the Dusi
EVERY public event requires police officers to help keep order, save citizens from themselves and prevent crime.
At the Dusi Canoe Marathon, these officers can only keep up with moving event on scramblers, riding hard and sleeping rough for three days to act as sweepers and prevent any opportunistic tsotsis from getting ideas. They say its part of the job, and their back up team, who fixed tyres and strapped on dangling bits, are the real heroes. We salute all these officers from, Alexandra, Pinetown and Pietermaritzburg for risking life and limb to track the struggling paddlers along steep cattle tracks and in 44°C. For, as the few professional bikers who went along can testify, riding the Duzi is the other half of this tough marathon.
Planning where to watch over the paddlers are (from left) Captain Raymond Jali, Constable Matt Janse van Rensburg, Warrant Officer Deon Venter, Colonel Casper Coetzee and Warrant Officer Bernard Feyers.
Constable Shay Kalik has her bike prepped by Ronald Shoniwa at Fury Group in PMB, who services any Japanese bike, after which Caitlin McKelvey (right) at iStyle Motorcycle Accessories swopped levers, a seat, chains and sprockets on Kalik’s scrambler.
LEFT: Constable Mohsin Ebrahim helps Captain Raymond Jali to hop some rocks, and after two days in the saddle, finds a bike is as good as a bed.