A first for the Province of trensetters on a mission

King William’s Town: Whilst South Africans celebrated the emancipation of women, over 80 officers and members of the Eastern Cape led by the 1st Lady of the SAPS in the Province converged at Nqamakwe in the Butterworth Cluster. They were joined by other law enforcement agencies supported by the Eastern Cape’s Women’s Network and Men for Change.

The team that had been divided into three groups were handed out specific tasks and worked under the supervision of a senior team leader. Home visits and door to door campaign where questionnaires were complete. This was to establish whether the homes were headed by children, crimes affecting the community, the SAPS response to crime and what can be done to improve the service of the SAPS. All the questionnaires will be handed for analysis and findings to the Cluster Commander and the Station Commander.

Earlier in the year, a local resident Xoliswa Makalima aged 46, was murdered at her home by her trusted gardener. Zuko Mdingi aged 32 is still in custody for the murder. The case has been remanded to 29th August 2018. The family of the deceased victim was visited by the Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Ntshinga accompanied by The Mayor of Mnquma Local Municipality, Cllr Sithembiso Ncetezo. The bereaved family were offered words of comfort by both the Provincial Commissioner and the Mayor.

During the operation, one male suspect was arrested for being in possession of a suspected stolen motor vehicle. The vehicle, a silver VW Polo Gti was seized.

One male arrested for possession of crack cocaine with a street value of approximately R1500, over R4000 cash was also seized from his person. 55 Traffic fines were issued by traffic officers who worked alongside the members at the roadblock on the R409. Three liquor outlets were closed and liquor seized.

All suspects will appear in the respective courts shortly.

In closing, the Provincial Commissioner Lt General Ntshinga thanked the Cllr Ncetezo, and said this is a FIRST, it has never happened where a Mayor joined us in an operation! This is history in its making! Thank you for your support and I believe that this relationship will grow from strength to strength she added.

General Ntshinga also extended her gratitude to the officers and members My heartfelt thanks to each and every one who unselfishly sacrificed their time with their loved ones and joined in the operation today, WITHOUT expecting any remuneration. Your commitment and dedication was reflected today. I was truly humbled when I saw you all at the parade, looking so eager and ready for action. My young lions, I’m so proud of you, continue to give off your best!!!

You made today happen and together we will rise, she added.

Source: South African Police Service

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