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2021/07/21      |  Written By:  Mr M Ngxukumeshe   |   Province:  Western Cape

Beleaguered Western Cape province which has been recently laid under siege with spate of mass killings, extortion, gangsterism, taxi violence and GBV under the conditions of devastating Corona virus has a new police commander, Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile who has been appointed to lead for the next five years.

Lt Gen Patekile was appointed to lead the province on the 1STJuly 2021 by the National Commissioner Lt Gen Khehla Sithole in the same day that the new Provincial Commissioner of Mpumalanga Lt Gen Daphney Manamela was announced.

With 36 years in the police service Gen Patekile is not a newcomer in the province, he has been in and out of the province serving in various senior management roles. He has interacted with various communities and met a number of leaders to the length and the breadth of the province.

Shortly after he was appointed as Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Operational Planning on the 03 February 2015 replacing Lt Gen Sharon Jephta who was at the time appointed as the Divisional Commissioner of Inspectorate, Patekile was appointed on the 23 April 2015 as an Acting Provincial Commissioner.

His second stint as the Western Cape Acting Provincial Commissioner a position he assumed in February 2021 yielded a refreshing, but a challenging responsibility in his career after he has been elevated to the permanent position of PC which subsequently parachuted him to a rank of a Lt General.

Previously he has served as the Cluster Commander for what was then known as Southern Cape Cluster which included George and Mosselbay.  

He has also served both as the Acting Provincial Commissioner and Queenstown Cluster Commander in the Eastern Cape respectively.

Gen Patekile began his career in 1985 as a Constable in Uitenhage and steadily grew in the ranks up to his latest appointment.

Born and bred in the small town of Eastern Cape known as Port St Johns, uJola – his clan name as he is affectionately known by some, holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Policing as well as LLB (Law) Degree which he attained at Technikon Pretoria in 2002 and University of FortHare in 2012 respectively.

According to the statement released by the National Commissioners’ office, the appointment of Gen Patekile was part of the organizational plans to enhance accountability and bring about the stability within the province.

When he was interviewed by InTouch in February 2015 as he took over as DPC for Operational Planning, Gen Patekile said he wanted to ensure that the power of community participation was key and cannot be underestimated if one had any endeavours aimed to combat crime, a commitment he repeatedly bandied about in his newfound position

When he was introduced to the Western Cape Premier Allan Winde and MEC for Community Safety by late Lt Gen Sindile Mfazi, Gen Patekile was presented as having been the one of the best six shortlisted candidates who made to the final stages of the interviews for the top in the Western Cape police.

During the digital media briefing, it was revealed that the “new broom which is set to sweep clean”  has impressed the panellists with a concise and detailed plan on  interventions he was bringing to stabilise the province.

NatCoM Lt Gen Khehla Sithole doing an elbow greeting to the New Western Cape PC Lt Gen Thembisile Patekile
Lt Gen Patekile