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Speaker notes update to the nation on measures to address crime & announcement of Senior Appointments, SAPS academy, Pretoria West, Tshwane 01 August 2022
2022/08/01

PRETORIA, 01 AUGUST 2022 

SPEAKER NOTES UPDATE TO THE NATION ON MEASURES TO ADDRESS CRIME & ANNOUNCEMENT OF SENIOR APPOINTMENTS NATIONAL COMMISSIONER OF THE SAPS GENERAL SF MASEMOLA, SAPS ACADEMY, PRETORIA WEST, TSHWANE 01 AUGUST 2022

Honourable Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele
Honourable Premier of the Northern Cape, Dr Zamani Saul
Deputy National Commissioners
Divisional Commissioners
Provincial Commissioners on the virtual platform
All invited guests
Members of the Media

Ladies and Gentlemen – a very good morning to you all.

Let me take this opportunity to welcome you all to this media briefing. The purpose is to update the nation on the interventions I have put in place to address the crime picture in the country. This will be followed by the announcement of senior appointments to key positions in the Service.

Working closely with Provincial Commissioners through the National Crime Combatting Forum, we are enhancing policing methodologies to reduce serious and violent crimes. Our analysis of crime threats and crime patterns guides our intensified deployments over identified problematic time zones and at identified crime hotspots. For instance, there is an indication that in general, most serious and violent crime is committed between Fridays and Mondays.

All provinces are now conducting simultaneous blitz operations with high visibility and combat operations throughout the weekend. These entail cordon and searches, as well as intelligence-driven, multi-disciplinary, disruptive operations.

Tighter enforcement of the Firearms Control Act, the National- and Provincial Liquor Acts, and the Second Hand Goods Act, as well as strategic mounting of roadblocks, are operational interventions against which Commanders are now being measured.

This comes as Station Commanders are now expected to align their daily duties and reporting to the Crime Threat and Pattern Analysis of their local policing precinct.

To this end, in July alone, a total of 1 173 illegal firearms and 7 738 live ammunition were confiscated countrywide. 1 035 of these were confiscated in Gauteng alone.

Some of these firearms, ammunition and dangerous weapons were seized during roadblocks, as well as stolen vehicles and drugs.

This reflects our determination as management of the SAPS to intensify our efforts, dealing decisively with the proliferation of illegal firearms, thus reducing the volumes of serious and violent crimes.

The past weekends have been marred by incidents of shootings that have resulted in multiple murders and injuries in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng mostly. With the analysis of this emerging crime pattern, Provincial Commissioners are mobilising maximum resources towards preventing more such incidents and apprehending the perpetrators.

Members of the media…

As we continue to look after the well-being and safety of South Africans, over 22 320 suspects were arrested across the country in July for crimes committed against members of our communities. 3 193 of these suspects were arrested for Assault GBH, 576 for murder, 360 attempted murder, 432 for rape and 177 for sexual offences.

Let me take this opportunity to commend the Western Cape Organised Crime Detectives for the diligent investigative work that ultimately resulted in a life sentence for the 2016 murder of Pasika Kwaza. His wife was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment for murder and 18 months for defeating the ends of justice. One of the accomplices was handed a life sentence, while the other two were also slapped with long term imprisonment sentences.

We also commend the Gauteng FCS Detectives whose quality work enabled the life sentence handed down on Ntutuzeko Shoba in relation to the brutal murder of Tshegofatso Pule last year.

I have directed the Divisional Commissioner: Detective and Forensic Services as well as the Provincial Commanders that this is the skill-set, the energy, diligence and commitment that each victim of Gender Based Violence and Femicide, deserves.

On this note, let me take this opportunity to assure South Africans that the multi-disciplinary team of investigators assigned to the West Village incident of multiple rapes of eight young women, will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the suspects are ultimately linked to the crimes, so that they can face the full might of the law.

At this point, on behalf of the management of the SAPS, I want to extend our condolences to the colleagues, families of our Special Task Force Members who lost their lives this past week. May the souls of the late Sergeant Matidza (34) from Jabulani, Warrants Officers Tolbadi and Tshaka, and ex-member Warrant Officer Mfadu rest in peace.

Members of the media….

In my inaugural address four months ago on the 1st of April, I also listed as one of my immediate priorities, the filling of critical vacancies. This is because the appointment of senior managers to key positions in the organization, forms part of my broader strategy to create an enabling, functional environment to expedite the delivery of services to communities.

Today Ladies and Gentlemen…. I confirm the appointments of the Deputy National Commissioner for Policing, the Divisional Commissioner for Supply Chain Management, and the Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, hence the presence of Premier (Dr) Zamani Saul.

Minister Cele and Premier Saul and the public at large….

As we kick off Women’s Month this morning, I officially introduce to you, the first ever female Deputy National Commissioner responsible for Policing, Lieutenant General Tebello Mosikili who assumed office exactly a month ago.

Lt General Mosikili is responsible for overseeing all Visible Policing and Operations environments, as well as Protection and Security Services (PSS). By virtue of this new role, she is also the new chairperson of the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) alongside the co-chairpersons from State Security Agency and the South African National Defence Force. For now, she is also overseeing the Crime Detection environment following the recent retirement of then Deputy National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Ntshinga.

Lt General Mosikili has held a number of senior roles within the organisation during her more than three decades of uninterrupted service. Prior to her appointment, she had been serving as the Deputy National Head: Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) since August 2020. Mosikili possesses extensive experience within the Crime Detection and Operational Policing environments, having also held the position of Divisional Commissioner: Detective Service and Component Head responsible for the Family Violence, Child Protection, and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) during her illustrious career.  She holds a B-Tech degree in Policing and is currently in pursuit of an LLB degree.

I also introduce to you, the new Divisional Commissioner for Supply Chain Management, Mr Molefe Fani whose appointment comes into effect today.

Prior to this appointment, Mr Fani was the Acting Chief Procurement Officer for the National Treasury. He brings to the SAPS a wealth of experience in the Supply Chain Management environment that he amassed from both the private and the public sector. Mr Fani has served in various senior roles which include serving as a Chief Director: Supply Chain Management within National Treasury since December 2018, serving as an Advisor: Supply Chain, Research and Policy within the Gauteng Provincial Treasury, as well as Group Procurement Manager in the African Exploration, Mining and Financing Corporation (AEMFC). He holds a National Diploma in Chemical Engineering, a B-Tech Degree in Technology, a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Honours Degree, as well as a Masters in Commerce (MCom) Degree.

Members of the media …..

Dr Saul…..

I now announce the long awaited appointment of the Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant General Koliswa Constance Otola. We celebrate this appointment today because as we continue to implement the SAPS Women Empowerment Agenda, our ratio of female to male provincial commissioners today, officially stands at five female PC’s to four male PC’s.

Congratulations Lieutenant General Otola

Ladies and Gentlemen….

Let me hasten to confirm that we selected from a pool of very strong candidates, the best suited senior officer to deal decisively with crime in the Northern Cape. These appointments are the end-result of a thought-intensive process to find the most suitable candidates from the existing vast pool of equally apt peers.

Lieutenant General Otola has been in the Service since January 1989. Within three years she was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In 1996 she was promoted to Warrant Officer. By the year 2000, she became a Captain, progressed to Senior Superintendent, to Colonel as Area Head: Detective Service, and then to Brigadier in 2013 when she arrived in the Northern Cape. She holds a National Diploma and a B. Tech in Policing.

She has plied her trade in different environments within the Service at different police stations, in the erstwhile Area, Cluster and then Provincial Level.

Otola has been serving in the rank of Major General following her promotion in 2016. Until yesterday, Lieutenant General Otola was the Deputy Provincial Commissioner responsible for Crime Detection and has also at the same time, been the Acting Provincial Commissioner, wearing both hats with diligence and commitment to the call to serve and protect the people of the Northern Cape.

Honourable Minister….

We are honoured today to have in our midst, the number one citizen of the Northern Cape Province, Premier Dr Zamani Saul.

During the State of the Nation Address and when the President gave me marching orders on my appointment as the National Commissioner, President Ramaphosa emphasised the need to strengthen relations between the police and the communities we serve. It is on that score that, your presence here today Premier, gives us the assurance that we can rely on your leadership in the Province as we galvanise our communities to partner with the SAPS in the fight against crime.

Without wasting must time and being mindful of your busy schedules, I now want to call upon the new Provincial Commissioner of the Northern Cape, Lieutenant General Koliswa Constance Otola, to join me up here.

Honourable Minister, let me also request that you advance to the podium, and join me in conferring the new ranks to the new PC, as an endorsement of the promotion on the SAPS rank structure.

Let me also call upon the Acting Deputy National Commissioner: Support Services Lieutenant General Dimpane to assist us and bring the new ranks.

Lt General Dimpane. Thank you!