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Acknowledgements: National Police Day Deputy National Commissioner, Policing Lieutenant General SF Masemola

27 January 2018; KwaZulu Natal

Programme Director, Lieutenant Colonel Maluleke
The Minister of Police, Mr Mbalula
The Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Mkongi
The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Mr Mchunu
The Members of Executive Councils
The Executive Mayor of eThikweni, Ms Gumede
The National Commissioner, General Sitole
The SARPCCO Police Chiefs
Deputy National Commissioners
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the host province, Major General Langa
Provincial Commissioners
Regional Commissioners
Divisional Commissioners
SAPS members from all provinces
Members on parade
Members of the Community Policing Forum
Representatives of the labour unions
Members of the news media

Ladies and gentleman, It is a privilege to stand before you today, to thank you for honouring the annual National Police Day in such a dignified manner.

This day is indeed dedicated to our men and women in blue who continue, night and day, to ensure that the people of South Africa are and feel safe. We are sending a clear message to our employees – they are valued for the vital role that they play in society, they are important, they are our most precious assets. We are grateful to each employee and say to them “You made a difference in 2017 – thank you for your contribution to reducing crime levels and addressing the root causes of crime”. Your extraordinary services and selfless efforts over the Festive Season allowed those we serve to enjoy the holidays with their loved ones. 

The marching orders from our principals are clear and the National Commissioner General Sitole’s vision also gives us direction, which will focus on the following 8 key deliverable:

  • Stamping the authority of the State
  • Community Centred Policing Approach (Democratic Policing)
  • Transformation
  • Review of SAPS Resource Management Strategy
  • Human Capital Investment
  • Performance Management
  • Divine Intervention , and
  • Modus Operandi/Root Cause Analysis and Researchon Approach, 

To our stakeholders, including provincial and local community leaders, members of the local CPF and our sponsors, we are always delighted to be working hand in hand with you, to combat crime in our communities.

We have shared this day with the people of Hammarsdale and on that note let me thank them for being part of the SAPS family. We have contributed towards the community and the police of the area as tokens of our appreciation.

Many thanks to the Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula and the Deputy Minister of Police, Mr Bongani Mkongi, for their enthusiastic support of this event and all the activities over the past week. Their continued leadership and example by excellence remains a source of inspiration to us all.

We also thank the National Commissioner, General Sitole, for his guidance. General, we have heard your call and we pledge our support on behalf of all SAPS members and employees. 

The Acting Provincial Commissioner and his team are thanked for being hosts par excellence; we have thoroughly enjoyed our time in the host province – KwaZulu-Natal has lived up to its reputation of being a warm and hospitable Province.

The presence of the SARPCCO Police Chiefs is a clear indication that Regional cooperation is key to preventing and combating trans-national crimes and thwarting illegal cross-border activities. We thank them for their attendance.

Our appreciation towards the organising committee must also be expressed. You have raised the bar by successfully organising several back-to-back events. We have started 2018 on a high note and with a winning spirit! As you travel back home, travel safely, observing all the rules of the road.

I thank you!