Women celebrate 50 years of policing

Retired policewoman, Lieutenant General Sharon Jephta, on the left, speaks to the women that joined her for this 50th anniversary celebration.

On Sunday retired and currently serving police officers celebrated 50 years of women being involved in the South African Police Services.

The event, which took place at the Sea Point promenade, was the initiative of retired Lieutenant General Sharon Jephta who served SAPS for 38 years, starting at Manenberg police station in 1981 and ending her service as the national Divisional Commissioner Inspectorate.

The former policewomen – and men – did a 5km prayer walk on the promenade. Lieutenant General Jephta, who lives in Sea Point and often walks there, said she wanted to share her experience with the women in the South African Police Service.

“The purpose of the walk was to celebrate women in policing, bring camaraderie between those who are retired and still serving and to establish an ex-policewomen’s network to start with a mentoring programme from outside in, as most of the women who attended have more than 30 years of policing experience,” said Lieutenant General Jephta.

The retired policewomen, from left, are, Lieutenant Colonel Charisse Le Roux, Lieutenant General Sharon Jephta, Brigadier Zingiza Manci and Major General Renee Fick.
Retired Brigadier Zingiza Manci, in the middle, with her arm raised, leads the prayer walk.
Most of these women served SAPS for 30 years or more.