Detective rewarded

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Lentswe, Rustenburg - The 33-year-old Hartbeesfontein policeman constable Buti Matlhoko scooped the Detective of the year award in the North West.

He was awarded at the South African Police Service 9th annual Service Excellence Awards at Sun City, Rustenburg on Thursday 12 December.

Speaking to Lentswe, Matlhoko said: “For me to be a policeman it’s a calling not just a career, because I have a lot of passion about my work.”

Matlhoko was described by the provincial police office as a determined, courageous person who loves his work.

He secured six life sentences on the financial year of 2018/2019 on serious cases like murder, rape and house robbery.

This constable said he spent tireless nights making sure that investigations were done thoroughly and get the six life sentences in all the five different cases.

“It is really encouraging to see that we are recognised at work for what we are doing. I usually tell my colleagues that we must keep on doing our work as there will be a reward after all,” he said.

He has been working as a policeman for 12 years now, he spent his first 2 years under Jouberton police station, 10 years at Hartbeesfontein police station and 7 years under detective unit at the same police station.

Matlhoko was said to be the famous policeman at Hartbeesfontein and Tigane community for his good work.

One of the cases that he managed to get two convictions on it was the gruesome and brutal murder of Lebogang Mqikela who was found murdered at his residential place by accused Abram Rothman in May 2016. And last year Rothman was convicted.