Makhanda’s police stations are both under new command. Colonel Nomsa Mtshagi is the new Commander at Joza Police Station and Colonel Mbulelo Pika is now in charge of the Grahamstown Police Station.
They were among 20 officers newly promoted to the rank of Colonel and inducted to the Senior Management Service level of SAPS leadership in the Eastern Cape at Griffiths Mxenge Provincial SAPS headquarters on 3 October 2019, spokesperson Captain Khaya Tonjeni said.
Fourteen of the newly appointed Colonels will be working as station Commanders in eight stations within the Eastern Cape.
1. Mbulelo Pika – Grahamstown
2. Nomsa Mtshagi – Joza
3. Fundiswa Mhlamanzanana – Mount Frere
4. Pakamile Gwayi – Ntabankulu
5. Patrick Gqeba – KwaNobuhle
6. Bekekile Waka – Mqanduli
7. Sindiswa Tsolo – Mt Ayliff
8. Thaynne Petzer-Madeira – Mthatha
Three Detective Units in KwaZakhele, Uitenhage and Mthatha will have new Commanders as follows.
1. Col Wele Hani – Mthatha Detectives
2. Col Anthea Hector – KwaZakhele Detectives
3. Col Tabita Peter – Uitenhage Detectives
To make an impact on the frontline of fighting and combating crime, three Vispol Units got Commanders as follows:
1. Col Lester Brass – Mt Road Vispol
2. Col Andreas Kwinana – Lusikisiki Vispol
3. Col Anne-Marie Frank – Humewood Vispol
The Provincial Office was also augmented with the following Commanders:
1.Col Ntabezwe Dukada – Provincial Finance Accounting
2.Col Makaya Marwanqa – Operational Command Centre (Warroom) Commander
3.Col Garth James – Provincial Legal Operational Support
4.Col Mthozamo Slara – Provincial Detectives Compliance and Monitoring
5.Col Andreki Middleton – Provincial Detectives Compliance and Monitoring
6.Col Mluleki Dyasi – Provincial Fraud and Statutes Unit
Col Thobeka Khayingana was appointed as a Provincial Commander Infrastructure TMS.
The Eastern Cape lost Colonel Nombuso Hlengane, who is now Section Head of Organisational Development and Strategic Management in the Free State.
Representing the senior management and office of the Provincial Commissioner were her Deputy Major-General Thembeka Dyantyi; DPC for Human Resources Management, Major-General Daphney Kunene and Provincial Head, Crime Prevention, Brigadier Wilberforce Ntsabo.
Addressing the new appointees, Ntsabo encouraged them to change their ‘disappointments to appointments’ and urged them to implement the code of conduct, ethics and Provincial Commissioner ‘s vision in their new line of duty. He encouraged further those leaving stations to become Commanders elsewhere to respect ordinary rank and file police members.
“The members on the ground are the ones who made you to be where you are.” He further reminded them about Operation Gijima, a rolling operation for station Commanders in the fight against crime.
Major General Kunene who was in charge of the recruitment and selection process of the members said it was a long journey with many applications. Turning to the newly inaugurated, “You need to thank God by doing justice to the community of Eastern Cape: our people deserve better.”
She further urged the members to develop their subordinates first.
“Take them out of darkness so that tomorrow you can work smarter.”
Colonel Petzer who responded on behalf of all newly appointed Commanders said when they joined the police, it was not a job but a career and commitment to serve.
“We pledge our commitment today as recipients to commit and dedicate ourselves more to our duty.”
He also thanked his old and new boss Brigadier Ntsabo for guidance and inspiration, saying, “As you will continue to support us, we will continue to do our best.”