New station commander at Jeffreys Police

2015-06-11 06:00
The newly-appointed Kouga top cop, Lt. Col. Makhoasa Lenah Kiviet, has vowed to clamp down on crime.


The newly-appointed Kouga top cop, Lt. Col. Makhoasa Lenah Kiviet, has vowed to clamp down on crime. Photo: MONIQUE BASSON

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CRIMINALS beware - newly-appointed Kouga top cop, station commander Lt. Col. Makhoasa Lenah Kiviet, has vowed to clamp down on crime.

The Sterkspruit-born Kiviet has been in the police force for over 28 years. “I cannot reveal my birth date, as I am too old,” Kiviet said laughingly at her official welcoming at the Jeffreys Bay Police Station on Tuesday. She took over the reigns on June 4.

Kiviet cut her teeth as a junior cop in Queenstown and worked her way up through the ranks. “I have worked at several stations and have been a station commander for a total of five years,” she said.

After eight years of serving the community of Queenstown, Kiviet was transferred to King Williams Town where she served as the Community Service Centre Relief Commander.

In 1997, this mother of two, was transferred to the Business Watch Unit and in 2000 she was promoted to Warrant Officer.

Determined to climb the ranks within the police force, she first set foot in the Kouga region in January 2006 as Captain Kiviet at the Hankey Police Station where she served as Head of Crime Prevention before being promoted to Station Commander at the St Francis Bay Police Station. Here she played an instrumental role in improving the man power, physical resources, as well as the overall security of the police station.

Kiviet says that her mission is to ensure that the community of Jeffreys Bay are and feel safe. “We will continue to combat and prevent crime by adhering to a zero tolerance attitude towards crime.”

One of the ways which Kiviet intends to confront crime is to promote collaboration between the SAPS and the community.

“I would like to encourage the SAPS and community to work together, as we cannot combat crime without the help of the community.”

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