Who is the Minister for Safety and Security? And who is the
National Commissioner of the SAPS?
The Minister for Safety and Security is Minister Nathi Mthethwa. He has been minister since 10 May 2009 and the Deputy Minister is MM Sotyu. The National
Commissioner of the SAPS is Bheki Cele. He was
appointed as commissioner on 2 August 2009.
The new motto of the SAPS is Batho pele - people first. This
means the police want to give the community a service in the
form of helping people in trouble, and helping to prevent crimes
from taking place.
The vision of the South African Police Service (SAPS) is to
create a safe and secure environment for all the people in South
The mission of the SAPS is to prevent anything that could
come in the way of creating a safe and secure environment for
The values which the SAPS uphold are:
- to protect everyone’s rights and to be impartial,
respectful, open and accountable to the community;
- to use the powers given to us in a responsible way;
- to provide a responsible, effective and high quality
service with honesty and integrity;
- to evaluate our service continuously and make every effort
to improve it;
- to use our resources in the best way possible;
- to develop the skills of all our members through equal
- to cooperate with the community, all levels of Government
and other role-players
The era of apartheid came to an end in 1994 when President
Nelson Mandela was elected as the first president of the new
South Africa. South Africa became an internationally accepted
Many changes were brought by the new democratic order and
substantial changes to policing.
The first Minister for Safety and Security in the new South
Africa was Mr. Sydney Mufamadi.
Before 1995, South Africa was divided into TBVC states,
Self-Governing Territories (also known as Homelands) and
Development regions (old South Africa).
Each Homeland had its own policing agency. The agencies
amounted to eleven (10 homelands + the old South African
All of the policing agencies had different uniforms, rank
structures and conditions of service.
After 1994 a single National Police Service was established
for the new South Africa with its 9 provinces.
On 29 January 1995, General George Fivaz was appointed as the
first National Commissioner of the new South African Police
Service by President Nelson Mandela.
In 1999 Minister Sydney Mufamadi was succeeded by Minister
Steve Tshwete as Minister for Safety and Security. He was
appointed by the new President Thabo Mbeki.
In January 2000 National Commissioner George Fivaz was
succeeded by Commissioner Jackie Selebi as second National
Commissioner of the South African Police Service.
Minister Steve Tshwete passed away on 26 April 2002 and was
succeeded by Minister Charles Nqakula during May 2002.
More about the history of the South African
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