SUPERCOP QUITS DUE TO LOW CRIME RATE.
YAWN: Inspector Sam Hart doesn't seem that impressed with yet another award.
In his acceptance speech for receiving his seventh consecutive Police Officer of the Year award, Detective Inspector Sam Hart (dubbed Supercop by the media) announced that he is quitting the police service because “nobody is committing crimes anymore.”
At the gala event in the Cape Town City Hall, the city police commissioner also announced that this would be the final presentation of these types of awards since numerous police officers have already quit the force after government offered them lucrative retirement packages for the years of excellent service to their respective communities.
Government dug into its very deep pockets in order to bail out tens of thousands of the province’s police officers who have, like Inspector Sam Hart, been made redundant by the huge drop in crimes of all kinds due to the success of Project H.
Government said it was only a pleasure assisting the officers and wished them well with whatever they have planned for the rest of their lives.
Inspector Hart wouldn’t be drawn on what he plans to do with his fortune, but said it may involve lazy afternoons, a hammock and his beautiful wife of five years, social worker Cindy Hart.
“Considering what I’ve been through to get to this point, I certainly am looking forward to spending the rest of my life happy and content,” Hart said.
Indeed, Inspector Hart’s life story involved overcoming the most tragic of circumstances, setting him on a path to becoming the great cop he is today.
SHOCK: Young Sam Hart watches his mother die.
When he was seventeen he witnessed his mother getting shot in the head by muggers who robbed her of her handbag, an all too familiar story about life in South Africa back then.
(Click HERE to preview the murder of Sam's mother)
Watching her fall to the ground and bleed to death had a profound affect on Sam the schoolboy.
“My heart and soul was ripped out, replaced by a raging inferno of hate for the man who murdered my mother.”
He immediately abandoned both his faith as a Christian and his father, opting to live with his uncle who was a policeman, a man his father never approved of.
(Click HERE to preview Sam abandoning his faith)
Hart quickly established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the police force and became somewhat of a phenomenon, both due to his ultra-aggressive, no-nonsense approach to crime fighting and that he’s credited in various newspapers as single-handedly lowering the city’s crime rate.
Sam showing why he's feared by criminals.
Then there’s his huge fan following.
Hart may come across as fearless, but if there's one thing that scares him to death, it's the fear of heights. “Some guys at work were planning a bungee trip to Bloukrans and asked if I wanted to come along," he said. "I said I wasn’t into bungee jumping, at which point one of them called me a moffie (sissy). Well, needless to say it took about five guys to tear me off the bra, and after I calmed down I agreed to go with.”
Hart, however, had plenty of reason to be scared, considering that the Bloukrans Bridge, situated along the Garden Route, is only the highest commercial bungee jump in the world! “Well, of course I chickened out the minute I took one long look at how high that damn bridge was. It definitely wasn’t my finest hour,” he admitted.
Despite the fact that Inspector Hart's mother’s killer was never caught, he is thankful that South Africa is no longer the den of violence it once was. But he says even though Project H has brought about freedom from crime and poverty, he doesn’t necessarily endorse Project H or its creator Jasper King.
“I don’t follow any man’s dogma, be it Jesus Christ or Jasper King,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean I don’t value the good Project H has achieved. I know the pain crime causes. I’m glad it’s gone.”