Deputy National Commissioner:
Personnel Management and Organisational Development
Martha Magdalena Stander was born in Kimberley on 1 September 1952. She
matriculated in 1970. She joined the South African Police in 1973 and
successfully completed her National Diploma in Police Administration in 1980 and
became an officer in the same year. She was appointed as the commander of the
Theft Branch, Pretoria Central, in 1980.
She was also appointed as a lecturer in the Investigation of Crime, SA Police
Training College, Pretoria. At the Women Police Division, Head Office, Pretoria
in 1983, she dealt with all personnel-related matters of female members in the
South African Police. She also worked at Personnel Relations, Head Office and
was appointed as second in command at Manpower Acquisition, Head Office in 1992.
Later the same year she was appointed the commander of the section.
In 1995 she was appointed as Deputy Head: Personnel Services in the rank of
Director and later in the same year as Head: Personnel Services in the rank of
Chief Director. She was one of the first two women to become a Divisional
Commissioner in the South African Police Service on 1 November 1999. From 1st March 2007 she was appointed Deputy National Commissioner in the South African Police Service.
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