High praise for new KZN top cop

2009-11-06 00:00

MAMUNYE NGOBENI (41) is KwaZulu-Natal’s new top cop, SAPS national commissioner Bheki Cele announced yesterday in Pretoria.

Ngobeni takes over the reins from acting commissioner Bongani Ntanjana and replaces Hamilton Ngidi, whose term expired in September. Ngobeni was an assistant commissioner and is KZN’s first and the country’s second female provincial commissioner.

“I am confident that the appointment of Ngobeni will go a long way in ensuring the creation of a safe and secure environment for all,” said Cele.

“She has served in the SAPS for a period of 22 years. She has performed functions on various levels within the SAPS both in the operational and the support environment.”

Ngobeni holds a National Diploma in Police Administration and Bachelor of Technology in Policing.

Ngobeni’s appointment has received huge support from political parties and women’s organisations in KZN.

Sizwe Mchunu of the Democratic Alliance welcomed the appointment. “The DA welcomes the new commissioner’s appointment on the basis that she has direct experience in policing. In addition, she has also served as the cluster commander of Ulundi SAPS, where she had 18 police stations under her supervision.”

Mchunu said Ngobeni’s appointment comes at a critical period where crime levels are expected to increase during the festive season and the fast approaching 2010 World Cup.

KZN MEC for Transport, Community Safety and Liaison Willies Mchunu lauded Ngobeni, calling her a “career cop with all the necessary qualifications, zeal and determination to succeed in her new job”.

The KZN Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa celebrated Ngobeni’s appointment. “Ngobeni’s appointment to the highest position in the police service in the province sends a message that the women of South Africa are making their presence felt in strategic Government institutions,” KZN PWMSA chairperson Weziwe Thusi said in a media statement.

The KZN ANC Women’s League also expressed its support for Ngobeni.

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