KZN Provincial Commissioners Excellence Awards were held at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Friday, 4 August.

Captain Cheryl Pillay of Chatsworth SAPS won the category of Woman of the Year whilst the Chatsworth Community Policing Forum won the Best CPF category.

Captain Pillay receives her award from SAPS National Divisional Commissioner Lt General C. Mngwenya

Captain Pillay joined the South African Police Service in December 1990 serving as a police officer in this organisation for the past two and a half decades in the communities of Soweto, Lenasia, Bayview and Malvern. Captain Pillay, who currently serves as the Communications Officer at South African Police Services Chatsworth for the past five years, has been a forerunner in the fight against crime.

Captain Pillay also serves as the Women  Network Champion for the SAPS eThekwini Inner South Cluster, the Interfaith Committee Co-ordinator and the Employee Health And Wellness Sports Co-ordinator. Pillay is passionate about her portfolio and contributes positively towards initiatives both internally and externally of the organisation.

Chatsworth CPF Chairperson Jakes Singh and Captain Cheryl Pillay with their awards

“In partnership, we embarked on these projects together to assist the community in either providing relief for the affected or making the needy feel comfortable, even if it is just for a day,” said Pillay.

Captain Pillay, who serves on the various committees, believes that she is strategically placed with the vision to developing a professional cadre of women who are empowered and will be able to contribute effectively towards quality service delivery.

Captain Pillay also attends crime scenes and offers support to victims of crime. “Together we have realised that much can be achieved by working together,” she said.