Two young skollies sit on the side of the road while sniffing glue.

One looks down the street and his eyes suddenly widen.

“Chips! Here comes RoboCop!”

The other quickly hides the glue and does his best impression of acting nonchalantly.

A bead of sweat trickles down his forehead as RoboCop slowly approaches on a blue Yamaha BW scooter.

“Howzit RoboCop!” says the one who looks like he’s seen a ghost.

Robocop looks through them and nods.

She then stubs out her cigarette in her custom-made ashtray (which is conveniently mounted on her bike) and glares at them suspiciously.

“Watch it ou pêllies!” she exclaims before adjusting her yellow-rimmed sunglasses and speeding off.

RoboCop’s husband, Richard Bulpitt, calls her Ursula, but others would either affectionately call her Ouma and respectfully, RoboCop.

TygerBurger interviewed the ludicrously irrepressible 70-year-old Ursula last week

The name stuck ever since this Ruyterwacht resident’s days as a police reservist, just a couple of years ago.

Criminals still leave her alone, but she nonetheless carries her aapstert with her on occasion when she rides on her “Yamahahahahahaa”.

She laughs abundantly when she uses this favourite term for her scooter.

A particularly bad actor once asked RoboCop from the 80s movie what his “prime directives” were.

He answered: “Serve the public trust, protect the innocent, uphold the law.”

Ursula agrees with her namesake, but she adds: “Whoever loves much, does much.”

The community can always depend on this remarkable woman.

“If someone has a problem then they come to me, because I have connections. I often approach the City of Cape Town in connection with various issues.”

Every layer of Ursula’s personality is more intriguing than the last.

She used to be an accountant!

She finishes a book of crossword puzzles every week!

She loves compiling rhymes!

She can read upside down!

She has a “two billion gig memory”!

“I feel mentally and physically fit. I would love to do an LLB degree, but I just don’t have the money … ”

Many would like to know what her secret to her exuberance is, but she stays tight-lipped on that one.

Instead, she gives a few of her favourite quotes, such as: “Every job is a self portrait of the person who does it.”

She continues while sifting through her memorabilia: “I have a thick file of inspirations!”

Ursula takes out a few pamphlets and mentions she was the editor of the Goodwood Shot (a bowling club newsletter) and then she says that her name actually means “female bear”.

She skips playfully through various topics of discussion as if she wants to encompass her broad personality in brisk strokes.

“I might also be psychic,” she says convincingly while Richard mutters in the background that she probably meant “psycho”!

The two have been married for almost 49 years, so they enjoy a little banter every now and again.

Even though Ursula is no longer a reservist, crime still makes her blood boil.

It would be no surprise to hear her quote RoboCop who once said: “Excuse me, I have to go. Somewhere there is a crime happening.”

For Ursula, the crime in this case would be someone who cannot find the help or advice they desperately need.

***DISCLAIMER: THIS ARTICLE AND PHOTO WERE PUBLISHED IN TYGERBURGER, A CAPE TOWN BASED MEDIA24 COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. NEITHER MAY BE DUPLICATED WITHOUT ACCREDITING THE SOURCE – TYGERBURGER, MEDIA24.***

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