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Helena puts the seatbelt on

24 August 2012

BEFORE Helena Mootseng joined the City Police as the Public and Community Relations Officer last year, she regarded strapping herself in a car seatbelt as an unnecessary bother she only undertook to avoid falling foul of the law.
However today she wears the same seatbelt with pride as it forms part of her uniform and she appreciates that it is there to protect her in case she is involved in an accident.

“After I joined the City Police, I must say that I have learnt and grown a lot. And for me, I look at things from a different perspective now than I would have two years ago. I am more cautious, more alert and consider my safety and security as a priority.
“When I go to a crime scene where someone has been murdered for example, like the man from IUM who was murdered (in Otjomuise a few weeks ago) I look at things differently.
“Instead of thinking about the horror of the situation or thinking about how traumatic the sight is, I think about the implications the situation will have on the victim’s family.
“Somewhere out there, he might have children who are at school or parents who are waiting for their son to return home but in the split second when they receive the news that he is gone, everything in those people’s world changes for good,” she said.
Mootseng grew up in a family of five siblings in Windhoek.
“We were two girls (twins) and three brothers. One of them you know, he is Boli Mootseng. They were very protective of us my goodness! To date we still enjoy this wonderful protective sibling bond.
“I remember the incident where my cousin (Harry Mootseng) saw me standing at KFC in Katutura. He stopped his car and took me straight back home because he did not understand what I was doing outside the house, although at that time I was 18 years old,” she relates.
She completed both her primary and secondary education here in Windhoek after which she worked for the Windhoek municipality as a clerk for four years.
“Back then, we worked very hard at the municipality because there were only four of us at the counter but today, you find 12 clerks at the counters when you go and pay your bills.
“Before I joined the City, I au paired for a family in Germany for a year and it was an interesting experience.
“It enriched me as a person, and as a teenager, because I only knew Katutura and never knew there was a world out there where people lived completely different lives to us.
“But it taught me to think for myself and to be more tolerant of other people.”
While working for the City, she then decided to enrol for Journalism degree programme at the Polytechnic of Namibia which she completed in 2010.
Mootseng is also a member of the Voices of Namibia choir; a multi-cultural, cross-generation choir that recently toured the US and won two silver medals.
Her professional singing career dates back to the days she was a member of the National Youth Choir which passionate music conductor Ernst van Biljon instructed up to 2003 when he retired.
“I am an outspoken, emotionally mature woman who copes with any situation and environment. I adapt very well to situations and I am passionate about my country.
“I was fortunate to be raised by two fathers. My biological father Boas Amadhila was an English teacher at Namutoni Primary School and wanted to make sure that I learnt the value of hard work and a good education.
“My step father Bernard Morake who made sure I knew what it meant to grow up in a loving home.
“Both of them sacrificed so much for me to be who I am today, and I am grateful to them because they both taught me important lessons in life that influence most of my decisions today,” Mootseng said.
“I don’t take life for granted anymore as I have seen the devastating results it often has. Yes I buckle up because it can save my life and I definitely don’t drink and drive.
“When I worked at the City of Windhoek with Ndangi Katoma, he once said that ‘you should lower your voice and improve your argument,’ in other words, improve the quality of your argument.
“It’s not about how loud one talks but rather, how good the argument one puts forward is. Those words have stuck in my mind since then and that has become my mantra in life.” – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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