As a mentor and training instructor for eThekwini Metro Police officers, LLB graduate Mr Nzuzo Khuzwayo always emphasises the important role the rule of law plays in ensuring and promoting safety and security.
Khuzwayo says being part of law enforcement for more than a decade has given him insight into the importance of police considering legal implications when exercising their duties.
For instance, it is important for police officers to consider the legal implications of how they conduct themselves when enforcing municipal by-laws, such as the Application of Section 49 of the Criminal Procedure Act, which deals with the use of force when arresting and/ or detaining a suspect.
As an experienced officer, Khuzwayo – who works at the Metro Police Training Academy – says completing an LLB was an enlightening experience as officers need to remain well informed of changes in legislation as part of their ongoing training in new methods of crime prevention.
‘I have been a member of the Metro Police for more than 10 years and have enjoyed learning not only what the law says about a particular scope or field but about the law in general,’ said Khuzwayo. ‘The knowledge gained through the LLB puts me in a better position to teach, mentor and train students that law is not only limited to the safety and security sector but many other spheres of career development as well.’
A father-of-two, who recently celebrated his 10th wedding anniversary with his wife, S’phume, Khuzwayo says getting an LLB is the first step on his way to completing his articles and becoming a practising attorney.
‘An LLB places me in a position to give legal opinions and guidance to my counterparts and/or management to ensure all legal avenues are explored when dealing with various matters. Knowledge gives one courage to have a voice, to make a meaningful contribution in bringing about change in society and it also builds character,’ he said.
Words: Thandiwe Jumo