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Cops help woman give birth

Updated: Feb 24


Officers Rian Tesnar, Tebogo Makombe and Luwando Tsiu.

The police are often called upon to perform functions they never thought they would be called upon.  On Sunday, February 9, three police officers from the Bethelsdorp Crime Prevention Unit were stopped by two frantic women who told them that a woman was giving birth and needed urgent assistance.


When they arrived at the informal settlement, the child was already born but the umbilical cord was still attached. Officers Rian Tesnar, Tebogo Makombe and Luwando Tsiu cut the cord and rushed off to fetch a nurse and an ambulance. By the time the ambulance arrived, the bonny little boy was already opening up his lungs with loud screams.


The 28-year-old mother and the baby were transported to hospital for further treatment. The officers described the process as surreal and one that required calm nerves and ‘not for the faint-hearted’.


Mount Road Cluster Commander, Major Gen Thembisile Patekile commended the members for their actions. “These young officers maintained a calm composure and helped bring a beautiful child into the world. Congratulations on a job well done”.

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