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Brave champion of justice

Operations Manager at Beagle Watch Armed Response Tumisang Jakes Shakung has dedicated 22 years of his life to securing the safety of civilians.

Shakung, known to many as ‘Daddy T’ has laid forth a path that distinguishes him from his colleagues in the security industry. His road to Beagle Watch Armed Response was paved with obstacles and victorious moments that influenced his character as a man and a father.

Shakung, a father of three developed a passion for policing at an early age due to his personal experiences during the apartheid regime. “I’m one person who hates crime and discrimination. I’ve always wanted to defend people and I said to myself I will have to be in the justice system one day, I have to contribute in terms of helping people to fight crime.”

As a result, after working as a slave at a relative’s business and as a taxi driver, Shakung eventually launched his security career in 1990. To further gratify his passion for policing, Shakung trained in the military where he developed his current militant mind and became politically inclined.

After working for several security companies, Shakung developed an interest in labour law and enrolled with Rand Afrikaans University (now the University of Johannesburg) to study a four year Labour Law Diploma, including articles with the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

At the age of 50, Shakung still enters challenges with every intention of making it through. “I always say if I start something, I have to complete it. I hate the word fail; to me the word fail does not exist.” One of the challenges Shakung has dived into is cycling.

He joined the Beagle Watch Armed Response cycling team and has completed challenges such as the Cape Argus Tour and the 94.7 Cycle Challenge. Shakung also encourages fitness in his task team because he wants the best for his clients. Shakung is passionate about discipline and is determined to implement the strongest disciplinary measures to ensure the safety of his clients. “I will put a bullet in a criminal’s head for my client and the community.”

Underneath all of that thick skin, Shakung is a man who adores his family and community.

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