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Welcoming address at the International Women’s Day celebration by Deputy National Commissioner: Crime Detection, Lieutenant General Ntshinga

Welcoming address at the International Women’s Day celebration by Deputy National Commissioner: Crime Detection, Lieutenant General Ntshinga

8 MARCH 2022

Programme Director

National Commissioner of the South African Police Service, General Sitole (SOEG)
Deputy National Commissioner: Support Services, Lieutenant General Vuma
Divisional Commissioner: Financial Management Services, Lieutenant General Dimpane
Divisional Commissioner; Human Resources Management, Lieutenant General Ntshiea
Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner; Lieutenant General Mene
Mpumalanga Provincial Commissioner; Lieutenant General Manamela
IPID Executive Director; Ms Ntlatseng
POPCRU and SAPU representatives present
Polmed Principal Officer
Representatives from Metropolitan Health, Liberty Life and Sanlam
Women’s Network outgoing committee members, incoming committee members and all Women’s Network members
All SAPS members present

Ladies and Gentlemen                      

Good Evening!

It is an honour to be given this opportunity to render a welcoming address during this important occasion, the International Women’s Day celebrations under the theme “Gender equality for a sustainable tomorrow” #BreaktheBias.

Today is a significant day in the history of women around the globe.  International Women’s Day is not only a day to celebrate our achievements as women, but a momentous occasion that requires both genders to also evaluate the progress we have made in implementing gender sensitive policies in the workplace and in respecting and promoting human rights in our communities. 

It is important to highlight that all of us in society are duty-bound to constantly apply gender sensitivity by vigorously challenging gender stereotypes and by treating one another with mutual respect.

These celebrations mark a call to action to accelerate gender parity and build safe and healthy communities.  As the SAPS, we have made progress by among others, developing and promoting capable women in leadership positions – a milestone that we as the SAPS community we are all celebrating today.

Moreover, we have since the past two decades prioritised women empowerment in the Service. This is in line with the United Nations sustainable development goals and the African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2063, which seek to ensure that advancement, representation and gender parity are a norm.

The AU’s Agenda 2063 also strives to end all harmful social norms, customary practices and reduce all forms of violence against women.  In our efforts to conform to prescripts and contribute to a better world, we have managed to accomplish a 50/50 gender balance at National and Provincial levels. As we speak here tonight, four of our provincial commissioners are female, four are male while another one is vacant. General Sitole, It is my wish and hope that the vacant post of provincial commissioner, will see a capable woman from within the police ranks, occupy that vacancy.

For women to be where we are today in this country, has been a long journey, a worthwhile one as women who came before us paved the way. Indeed, tonight we genuinely take stock as we commemorate this day.  As the organisation, we will continue to prioritise women empowerment and ensure that women in the Police and by extension, in society at large, take their rightful position.

I would like to congratulate the current office bearers of the Women’s Network, who were elected earlier in today’s proceedings.  May you continue to mentor and nurture a pool of capable women, who will be ready to take the baton and be in the forefront of women empowerment, both, in SAPS and in society as a whole?  These upcoming women must also act as a beacon of hope by facilitating career development and accelerate our transformation agenda in support of the SAPS strategic objectives.

Ladies and gentlemen, you are welcome here today. Let us celebrate women, not just tonight but every day with every action. Women in the SAPS, I want to say to you that tonight is about you. Let us all celebrate and rejoice on this day as we reflect on how far we have come as women.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome.