‘Litsha top cop knows job well

2015-06-11 06:01
Brigadier Nomthetheleli Mene is the new station commander at Khayelitsha police station.

Brigadier Nomthetheleli Mene is the new station commander at Khayelitsha police station.

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The newly appointed station commander at Khayelitsha police station have vowed to utilise all her resources and tap binto her experience to bring crime levels down in the area under her jurisdiction.

Brigadier Nomthetheleli Mene started in her new job on Monday following the departure of Brigadier Zithulele Dladla, who has been transferred to the Stellenbosch area.

Dladla had served the Khayelitsha police station from 2011 until his departure at the end of May.

Mene is a police veteran of 31 years standing, emphasised that her experience will come in handy in the fight against crime in the area.

According to her, the involvement of stakeholders such as Community Police Forum, churches, organisations, and businesses was crucial and a recipe for success in fighting crime.

“Those are the four pillars of crime-fighting in the communities.”.

“I want to strengthen that pillar. I want to be very close to the community...that has always worked for me in the areas where I was a station commander. I see Khayelitsha as a challenge, because it has dynamics that are different from the police stations that I come from. I want to study those dynamics and get a way of dealing with them. I understand the task that I am facing,” Mene said.

She is also going to personally visit churches in the area to spread the spirit of unity in the fighti against crime.

“I want to open the communication channel and build trust. We cannot bring crime to zero, but we want to ensure that we keep it stable. I can proudly say I became successful in fighting crime through the involvement of communities,” she added.

Mene has worked as a station commander at Kayamandi, in Stellenbosch, since 2010 until the she was moved to Khayelitsha.

She said her deployment has led to resident protesting vehemently.

“The residents raised their dissatisfaction following the announcement that I was leaving the area..they protested in letters, begging me to stay.”

Mene trained as a police officer in her home town, Hammanskraal, in the Eastern Cape, in 1984, and worked in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth for many years thereafter.

She then moved to Pretoria where she worked for the Crime Intelligence Unit until 1991.

She moved to Mossel Bay at the rank of Brigadier and worked there until 1994, before being moved to Humansdorp as Sergeant, until 1998.

She then moved to St Francis Bay in the Eastern Cape as station commander and Warrant Officer.

In 1998 to 2004 she became a station commander at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in Port Alfred.

She then moved back to Hammanskraal where she worked as station commander at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel until 2009.

She then moved to Grabouw in the rank of Colonel before Khayamandi

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