Officer Faldelah Scholtz has been lauded by her department after her quick action made it possible for the Delft mother to deliver her daughter safely while sitting in her vehicle outside the Somerset Hospital on Sunday evening.
Scholtz was patrolling in the Cape Town CBD shortly after 8pm when she came across the 37-year-old mother in labour at the corner of Strand and Plein streets.
The woman had been visiting with friends when she suddenly realised her baby was coming.
The officer approached the mother and immediately jumped into action.
She loaded the mom in her vehicle and headed towards Somerset Hospital in Green Point.
Scholtz alerted the hospital staff when she arrived but before the staff could assist, the bouncing baby girl decided to arrive with Scholtz giving the mother a helping hand.
Safety and Security boss, JP Smith, said he was chuffed with the officer for excellently handling of the situation.
“This is not the first time that a City [Law] Enforcement staff member is called upon to lend assistance of this nature, and officer Scholtz did it brilliantly.
“I commend her for her swift action in getting the mom-to-be to hospital. As a result, both mom and baby are healthy,” Smith says.