Constable Kwayo Louw (23) has been commended by the Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz for his exemplary contribution towards his community in Kraaifontein.
Louw has been actively supporting five families in his area by delivering food parcels and essential items, all from his own pocket.
The young officer, who is based at Pinelands SAPS, reached out to fellow community members in need in Kraaifontein on the Kraailove WhatsApp group to nominate needy families and they responded.
Minister Fritz said: “I commend Constable Louw on his exemplary contribution to his community. He showcases that the role of a police officer is not simply enforcement but also to look out for those most vulnerable and play a part in addressing socio-economic challenges.”
“It is important that each of us, including our police service, continue showing compassion during these difficult times. Currently, under alert level 4 of the lockdown, the movement of many remains restricted which means that their ability to earn an income is too,” Fritz added.
Fritz mentioned the difficult circumstance that officers have to work under during this time. They not only have to keep their communities safe but also themselves at the same time, especially during the ongoing epidemic.
“Our officers are simultaneously working under the pressures presented by the COVID-19 lockdown and trying to stay safe. Despite this, they show up and keep our communities safe. Many go above and beyond their call of duty to help those most vulnerable, such as Constable Louw,” Fritz added.