Meet Lwandle’s new head sleuth

2019-01-31 06:21
Captain Nomandla Stella Madzidzela, new commander of the Lwandle police detective branch, promises to work hand-in-hand with the community in her new role.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

Captain Nomandla Stella Madzidzela, new commander of the Lwandle police detective branch, promises to work hand-in-hand with the community in her new role.PHOTO: mzwanele mkalipi

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The newly appointed commander of Lwandle Police Station’s detective branch has called on the community to work with her in her drive to bring criminals to book.

Captain Nomandla Stella Madzidzela assumed the position of detective branch commander at the local station on Monday 14 January. She comes with a wealth of policing experience, having joined the South African Police Service in 1993.

The widowed mother of two children, aged 22 and 19, started her career as a police constable at Mtata Central Police Station in the Eastern Cape. She was transferred to Port Elizabeth two years later and to Khayelitsha Police Station in 2005, where she dealt with serious crimes such as rape, robberies and cold cases.

In 2010, Madzidzela also had a short stint at Lingelethu West Police Station and previously assisted at Lwandle Police Station too.

The new local head detective promises that residents’ problems will be sorted out if they join in the police’s fight against crime. “Residents need to stand up and report cases to the police with concrete evidence and, in this way, see a change for the better,” she said.

“Their grievances will be attended to if we sit down together and discuss matters, so we can arrest perpetrators and bring them before a court.”

Madzidzela hopes to form a sound partnership with the Lwandle and Nomzamo communities.

“If there’s anything that is not clear the community must come to me,” she says. “We have a community policing forum, which can be used so we can engage each other. The ultimate goal is to ensure we fight crime together.”

Further, Madzidzela urged all victims of abuse to report such crimes, so swift action can be taken.

“There’s a problem in our communities,” she pointed out. “Domestic violence is not only about women or children – men are also abused, but we are [generally] only aware of cases involving women and children.

“All these people have rights and no-one must be abused; children also abuse their parents, especially when they are involved in drug use.”

Social workers are also available to help and the courts are there to serve protection orders, Madzidzela added, while the police are there to effect arrest.

“Abuse is abuse, no matter how it manifests itself. We know that some of our people do not really know when domestic violence occurs,” she said.

“That is why I hope to host an imbizo, so we can share more information regarding such issues. All the role-players will be under one roof and people can get the necessary information.”

Her investigations into dockets at Lwandle Police Station have already led to her noticing a trend – that not many convictions for assaults in domestic cases are made, and many dockets are opened but are later withdrawn by the complainants. To counter this, Madzidzela will send officers specialising in social crime prevention to advise victims of domestic violence.

She further believes workshops and other upskilling courses will empower and equip police officers to deal with issues plaguing the community better.

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