Integrity Idol is a world-wide campaign that run by people looking for honest government officials.
The campaign first started in 2014 in Nepal. It then spread to Liberia in the following year and now it is a global campaign.
Captain Pillay is the first South African to win the Integrity Idol
The aim of the award is to create more awareness about those officials who go above and beyond.
The award is also meant to highlight the importance of integrity and honesty in public service.
With this campaign the organisers hope to inspire the next generation of public servants to be more ethical and effective.
Captain Vinny Pillay is the first South African to have received the Idol. Captain Pillay was one of 4000 nominees from across the world and made South Africa extremely proud by winning the honorary Integrity Idol.
Captain Pillay is also the spokesperson for the Umhlali Police Station in KwaZulu-Natal. He is known throughout the North Coast for being very friendly and helpful. His efforts to genuinely serve his community is one of the reasons he won the Integrity Idol.
The captain has been in the South African police force for 25 years. He has literally been spending his life serving his community.
He is more than just a officer in a uniform. His community sees him as a pillar that they can lean on and trust.
Here is the video that show cased the work that Captain Pillay is doing:
He also presents workshops focused on the youth at the local schools. Captain Pillay is often involved in more than is expected of him.
Members of the community know Captain Pillay as a man that can be called on for help even when he is off duty.
His colleagues also know that if something happens in the community he will be there even before the officers on duty.
His good deeds did not go unnoticed and now South Africa has been made aware of the wonderful work that Captain Pillay has been doing.
When asked to talk about his work and winning the Idol, Captain Pillay answered humbly:
It’s important to examine our own integrity in an effort to restore morals and values that are core to a functioning society. I am hoping to make a bigger difference in my community and work with the other Integrity Idols in realising more concrete change in South Africa.
Through the midnight call outs, weekend duty and often dangerous work, my family have always supported me and stood by me, because they know I strive to serve my community.
A big thank you also to everyone who voted for me on WhatsApp, SMS and online.
There were 4 other finalists also from South Africa and although they couldn't all win the Idol, they have made the world aware of the goodness that is still alive in South Africa.
Captain Pillay's wife Lumika was very proud of her husband.
I have first hand experience of the personal sacrifices he has made to serve, protect and uplift not just the community he works in, but everybody who comes in contact with him, expecting nothing in return except the pure joy and satisfaction of helping others.
Captain Pillay won't be satisfied with just receiving the Idol. He will now work with the other finalists to help highlight the real importance of integrity in South Africa.
It’s important to examine our own integrity in an effort to restore morals and values that are core to a functioning society.
We have so much corruption in our country and in SAPS which we have to stop. Together, and with the support of the Integrity Idol partners Accountability Lab, LifeCo UnLtd, Democracy Works Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, we hope to work towards a future of integrity, not corruption
With men like Vinny Pillay to look up to, the youth of South Africa can certainly feel inspired to do good for others.
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