A Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) officer became the saving grace for a 28-year-old woman who gave birth in central Johannesburg.
The young woman’s water broke and she was lying on the Eloff Street pavement in distress when 37-year-old Lebogang Mngomezulu came to her rescue.
When the traffic officer realised the woman was about to give birth, without thinking, she removed her police jacket and lay it on the ground.
During a Radio 702 interview with Joanne Joseph, Mngomezulu said she realised that they couldn’t wait for the ambulance to arrive.
With public onlookers, the accident investigation officer got down on her knees, said a silent prayer to herself and knowing there was no choice, she had to help and moments later she became the midwife.
The woman was screaming as, with the guidance of the police officer, she pushed with all her might until the baby was born.
The officer had no experience with the cutting of the umbilical cord and managed to locate an off duty paramedic who assisted with this.
Shortly thereafter they located the ambulance who took over and it wasn’t until the ambulance doors closed that Mngomezulu realised what she had achieved and burst into tears.
JMPD spokesperson, Superintendent Wayne Minaar congratulated Mngomezulu on her bravery and for going beyond the call of duty to assist the woman and in so doing she possibly saved two lives.