National police spokesman Captain Percy Morokane was yesterday awarded a certificate of commendation for his outstanding service.
Morokane was recognised for starting the Motswedi Literary Project, a poetry and essay writing competition among the police that is aimed at creating mental health awareness and intellectual growth.
Morokane said the project was also aimed at improving intellectual and life skills development through creative writing and sustainable reading.
He said the competition encouraged officers to write about their life experiences.
It is run in conjunction with Unisa's School of Languages and Literacy Studies.
Morokane received a R10 000 cheque in addition to the certificate. He donated R500 of the prize money to the family of a Mabopane toddler who was recently tortured by two teenagers.
He told the function that he had been touched by the story of Seiso Ratswana, who was allegedly burnt with hot water by the two boys, aged 11 and 13.
The baby boy is still in hospital and will undergo plastic surgery soon.
Morokane said the Motswedi Literacy Project started at area level and spread nationally. He said it started slowly but has grown in the numbers of participants.
'This year we had more than 1000 entrants in a variety of categories."