- 19-year-old Phumla Jumba suddenly went into labour on Christmas night
- Her mom, Monkie Jumba, was taken by surprise and was advised to call the police
- Constables Mveli Dlamini and Mohase Mahapela responded to the call and helped Phumla deliver her baby
Two police officers in Kanana, North West province, have been hailed as heroes after helping a 19-year-old mom deliver a baby boy.
The South African Police Service (SAPS) shared the story on its Twitter and Facebook pages, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The young mom, Phumla Jumba, suddenly went into labour on Christmas night. Her panicked mom, 52-year-old Monkie Jumba, sought help from a neighbour, who advised her to call the police.
Constables Mveli Dlamini and Mohase Mahapela responded to the call. They teamed up with the neighbour, Mrs Mary Duiker.
Together, they helped Phumla deliver her baby safely at about 00:05 on 26 December. A grateful Monkie thanked the officers for their help:
They saved my daughter's life and that of my grandson. I was in a state of shock, as I was not even aware that my daughter was expectant.
Phumla was equally thankful. She said, "Looking at my son, I still cannot believe it. I'm very thankful for what they have done."
The relieved officers said they were just doing their job. Constable Dlamini explained:
I was just doing what I am called to do which is to serve and protect, especially because I was just working nearby when we received the complaint.
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