The South African Police Service (SAPS) held a two-in-one event at Seshego stadium outside Polokwane on Friday 30 March.
The event was led by Acting National Commissioner Lieutenant General Khomotso Phahlane where there was also a handing over of the Sword of Command from the previous Limpopo Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Fannie Masemola to the current Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Nneke Jim Ledwaba.
Phahlane expressed his appreciation for the police who sacrificed all their time for SAPS:
“This occasion is graced by the presence of senior and retired Commissioners who served within and outside Limpopo Province. Today we honour men and women who served SAPS and South Africa with pride and distinction.
These men and women who put their lives on the line for 20-40 years of uninterrupted and loyal service to ensure South Africans are safe, must be appreciated.
This is also a day where we hand over the sword of command to the current commissioner Lt Gen Nneke Ledwaba, a man who is tasked to carry a huge responsibility to ensure the eradication of crime and safety of citizens of Limpopo. We have noted commendable progress in the fight against crime in the province.”
According to Phahlane, Ledwaba was given a huge responsibility as on his first day following his appointment, SAPS had to deal with Vuwani unrest. He urged SAPS to do its best to help the community to build a safe Limpopo.
Be that as it may, Phahlane shared his frustrations regarding the continuous attacks on men and women in blue.
“We continue to lose our members in numbers. SAPS members in the execution of their duties continue to be attacked, to lose lives and we can never tolerate that.
As communities we must work together to stop the killings of our members.
An attack on members of SAPS is an attack on the authority of the state and we must rally behind each other to stop this.”
He thanked the outgoing Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko and his deputy Maggie Sotyu, saying SAPS is grateful for their leadership and guidance that lets them execute their duties well.
“I welcome and look forward to working together with the newly appointed Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.”
Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety Nandi Ndalane, SAPS Deputy National Commissioners and the National Management, as well as all SAPS Provincial Commissioners, Deputy Provincial Commissioners, Cluster and Station Commanders were present.