LLB Empowers Senior Constable
Senior Constable at Durban Metro Police, Mr Lendl Ganesan is delighted to be graduating with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree.
Having worked in law enforcement for the past nine years, Ganesan realised the need to enhance his experience with a sound understanding of the fundamentals of South African law. ‘Being attached to a crime unit in the Durban Metro Police, I found myself attending court on a regular basis and being put on the witness stand against seasoned attorneys. As a representative of the state, I realised I needed to increase my knowledge of the law to become more sensitive and responsive to the distinctive needs of the community which I serve.’
Armed with an LLB degree, Ganesan is confident that he will be able boost citizens’ trust in law enforcement as he is now more conscious of human rights and many branches of the law. Even before graduating, he was able to apply what he learnt in lectures to his daily work. ‘My degree has helped me produce better evidence in court, securing more convictions which in turn helps restore the trust of the community in law enforcement,’ he said.
Having studied part-time, Ganesan admits that there were times where he found it challenging to manage his studies and a demanding job. His passion for the law and the career benefits of the qualification motivated him to persevere. Inspired by words found in Invictus by William Ernest Henley – ‘It matters not how straight the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.’ He advises mature students to always keep their eyes on the prize.
He is currently seconded to the Metro Police Drug Team and plans to complete the Professional Legal Training programme, followed by articles of clerkship. A Master of Laws degree is also on his agenda.
Ganesan expressed his gratitude to his family and his employer.
Words: Hazel Langa