- A police officer was dubbed a hero on social media after he went the extra mile to help a young mom get food and clothes for her baby
- He discovered the young mom was out searching for nappies, food and clothes for her one-month-old baby
- So he enlisted the help of the church and bought the baby a couple of items
For many people, being a cop is a job, but for others it is a calling. Constable Mohase Mahapela is one of those police officers who goes above and beyond the call of duty to help South Africans.
On 25 April, Mahapela was finishing up his night shift when he responded to a complaint by a mother, who said her 17-year-old daughter was neglecting her baby.
Mahapela found the young mother and issued her a warning - however, he soon discovered the young mom left her one-month-old daughter alone because she was out searching for food and clothes for her baby.
"What touched his heart was the realisation that the mother neglected the baby to go and try to find food and clothes, as the baby did not even have diapers and was clothed in a black refuse bag. She only had one set of clothes for her baby."
Constable Mahapela took his off day to visit his church and ask their help. The church did not hesitate to help and Mahapela was able to buy a couple of necessary baby items for the family.
"With the church's assistance, he went to buy milk, food, toiletries and clothes for the baby. He also engaged a social worker, who accompanied the mother to the clinic for a medical check-up, as the baby was never taken to the clinic after birth," the SAPS added.
Briefly.co.za learned the clinic found the baby was dehydrated and she was admitted to the Tshepong hospital.
They also discovered the mother did not have an identity document, which complicated the process of obtaining a birth certificate for the baby and applying for a social grant.
"The policeman and social worker are in the process of helping them to get identity documents," the SAPS confirmed.
The story touched social media users' hearts and they praised the constable for helping the baby and her young mother.
Lee Ravenscroft commented: "What an awesome officer! Thank you for caring and helping a little family!"
Heide Goddard added: "Amazing! Well done all Involved how amazing thank you."
Lemoratwa Neo Kgasane wrote: "We thank God for creating such a loving and caring heart within him,May he be blessed abundantly and be granted with all his heart desires. May he carry on doing dis great work."
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