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SAPS wishes newly appointed Tshwane Police Chief well in her role


Media Statement from National Media Centre
Corporate Communication

South African Police Service

Pretoria: The South African Police Service bid farewell to two of its long serving members from its ranks after 57 combined years of service, during a celebratory dinner held in Pretoria over the weekend.

Senior management and staff of the Service, gathered for this special occasion to send well wishes to the two as they part ways with the organisation.

Lieutenant General Johannah Madikotsi Nkomo resigned from the Service, to serve as the new Police Chief of the Tshwane Metro Police Department earlier this month, while Lieutenant General Gary John Kruser retired.

Lt Gen Nkomo, served the organisation for 34 years having been appointed in 1984. She is in possession of a National Diploma in Police Administration and a Master’s degree in Law. She is also admitted as an Advocate of the High Court. Her career began in the Community Service Centre in Soshanguve, where she gained extensive knowledge and experience in all policing fields.  Over the years, she rose through the ranks to Divisional Commissioner: Detective Service, a post she retained until she resigned. Lt Gen Nkomo’s career spans as follows:

  • 1984 – 1995; Held the position of Constable and rose to the level of Sergeant while serving at the CSC in Soshanguve and later proceeding to the Phuthanong satellite police station.
  • 1995 – 2000; Held the position of Captain, then known as Superintendent, serving as group leader and investigating officer at the Serious and Violent Crime Unit, Head Office.
  • 2000 – 2005; Head the Legal Service Section, Property and Asset Management.
  • 2005; Assistant Commissioner as the Deputy Provincial Commissioner; Detective and Intelligence in Mpumalanga.
  • 2007 – 2009; Station Commander – Witbank, Sunnyside , Cluster Commander – Sunnyside, Head: Firearm, Liquor and Second Hand Goods Control
  • 2011 – 2015; Head Auxiliary Services and Loss Management, Deputy Police Commissioner of the United Mission in South Sudan.
  • 2016 – 2018; Promoted to rank of Lieutenant General as the Divisional Commissioner; Detective Service.

Lt Gen Kruser holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Policing Practices, a Diploma in Advanced Security Management, a Certificate in Risk Management and Project Management. Lt Gen Kruser joined the then South African Police Service Static Guard Unit or National Protection Service as it was later named in 1994, during the amalgamation process of the statutory and non-statutory forces. Lt Gen Kruser’s career spans as follows:

  • 1995; Promoted to rank of Brigadier in the position of the Head of Operational Functions: National Protection Services.
  • 1999 - 2004 ; Assistant Commissioner : Head of Visible Policing
  • 2004 – 2010; Divisional Commissioner of Training, today known as Human Resource Development (HRD)
  • 2010 – 2016;Divisional Commissioner : Supply Chain Management
  • 2016 – 2018; Deputy National Commissioner: Management Intervention

The Deputy National Commissioner for Management Advisory Services in the South African Police Service, Lt Gen Francinah Vuma addressed the gathering on behalf of the National Commissioner of the SAPS, General Khehla Sitole. She thanked the duo for their immense contribution in the fight against crime.

“The extensive experience, skills and knowledge of these Generals equipped them to lead and serve with confidence and distinction. Generals, we will forever be grateful for what you have accomplished during your careers, as it paved the way for us that remain behind. You have been sterling examples and role models not for those who worked closely with you, but for everyone in the SAPS”

“To Lt Gen Nkomo, we would like to congratulate you on this outstanding achievement. We are very proud to be associated with one of our own who excelled during her career in the SAPS and in her personal capacity, we have no doubt that you will excel in your new role. You have served the organisation with distinction and we look forward to continue working with you, in your new capacity as Chief of the Tshwane Police Department”.The duo thanked members of the South African Police Service for their positive working relationship, and encouraged those remaining behind to intensify the fight against crime to ensure that they create a safe and secure environment for all people in South Africa.

Media enquiries: Colonel Athlenda Mathe 082 040 8808 


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