Sometimes police have to perform duties beyond their understanding – like successfully delivering a baby in the boardroom of the police station.
Two police officers from Roedtan outside Modimolle found themselves with no other choice when a heavily pregnant woman complained about labour pains.
The incident unfolded on Sunday, 30 May when a mother-to-be arrived at the Community Service Centre at 1.30pm. Two SAPS officers on duty – Sergeant Mogoru and Constable Mnisi – attempted to assist the woman but soon realised there wasn’t time to get her to the hospital in time because the baby was on the way out.
The officers led her to the boardroom and summoned an ambulance. The baby was born shortly thereafter and when the ambulance arrived, they transported the newborn baby and mother to the hospital for observation.
Sergeant Mogoru says she understood the risk involved in delivering a baby but they are often faced with situations where they have to perform duties beyond the normal SAPS mandate in order to save lives.
* During all these incidents, she used her own emergency kit and resources.