Lieutenant-colonel to take final bow after 40 years of excellence

Lieutenant-colonel to take final bow after 40 years of excellence

Lieutenant-colonel, Lungelo Dlamini, has dedicated his life to SAPS and is set to retire next year.

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The last time Dlamini was off debilitated from his activity as a cop was 35 years prior.

The long-serving Gauteng police representative credits his longevity to eating healthy, working in the garden and staying away from stress at work.

Dlamini, who has been with the SA Police Service (SAPS) for a long time, is set to resign one year from now when he turns 60, conveying to an end an outstanding career as the voice and face of Gauteng police.

Born in Spandikron, a town on the outskirts of Ladysmith in northern KwaZulu-Natal, Dlamini matriculated in 1978 and promptly moved to Meadowlands, Soweto, looking for openings for work.

While still in pursuit, one of his uncles, who was a cop, recommended he join the men dressed in blue.

He put in put in 20 years of his policing vocation at the Johannesburg Central police headquarters.

He began filling in as a constable by walking watch in the city.

In 1994, he finished his qualification in policing and was moved to Mondeor Police Station as a detective.

Inside three days, he captured one of the cops for defilement however his colleague was later acquitted.

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Dlamini was vexed about that result and he cited that the prosecutor never called him to testify.

The prosecutor was found guilty in 1995 following a disciplinary hearing.

There have been moments in Dlamini's vocation that shook him profoundly.

The case that impacted him profoundly is that of two Mbhele sisters - Lindiwe, 15, and Nelisiwe, 12, - who were slaughtered in Soweto.

Their charred and half-bare remains were found in a field close to Nancefield lodging in Soweto in 2005. The young ladies were captured, sexually assaulted and killed.

Police captured two men yet they couldn't connect them to wrongdoing. Dlamini has kept a document in his office of all the data he has compiled on the case thus far.

He trusts one day suspects will be captured for the wrongdoing, even after his retirement.

Dlamini will retire to his plot in Walkerville, south of Johannesburg, where he has a chicken ranch and several fruit trees.

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