New commander in town

2016-01-26 06:00
Hillcrest SAPS new acting station commander colonel Anton Myburgh. Photo: Kalisha Naicker

Hillcrest SAPS new acting station commander colonel Anton Myburgh. Photo: Kalisha Naicker

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THERE is a new commander in town, Colonel Anton Myburgh, who was deployed as the acting station commander for Hillcrest SAPS.

He is tasked with looking after an area that is increasing in crime in the Upper Highway.

Myburgh was the head of the Pinetown Cluster Task Team.

He said he was excited about the challenge he faces in his new station.

The 49-year-old Transvaal born police officer has more than 20 years policing experience and would not let statistics or media reports about the station intimidate him.

He said that there is a lot of misunderstanding and miscommunication based around Hillcrest SAPS and social media has a major part to play regarding the reputation of the station.

“My aim is to change the image of the station and show the community that we are there to help,” said Myburgh.

He said that he will be taking a step- by-step approach with the logistics of the station being the number one focus.

“We will focus on the immediate problems at hand and then tackle crime and other related issues,” he said.

Myburgh describes his credentials as “balanced”. He had worked in a number of police units, including operational and support service structures.

This, he said, makes him a welcome addition to the Hillcrest police team.

He said his mission is to build a relationship with community members, NGOs, faith-based organisations and the community policing forum.

“With the community, I would like to start a revolution to unite against crime. I want the community to also take responsibility of their area - I want to help them take that responsibility seriously,” he said.

When asked why he joined the police force, Myburgh said he was able to do what he loves on a daily basis.

“Being outdoors and helping people is who I am. From a child I enjoyed playing games that pushed me to my limits. Now I get paid to do it, which is a bonus,” he said with a smile.

The father-of-two said that it was his parents who shaped him into the individual he is today.

“My dad was the disciplinarian while my mum offered the emotional support. Both gave me the courage and support throughout my life,” he said.

He said being a police officer, is to protect and serve and this is exactly what he wants Hillcrest SAPS to be known for.

He encouraged the youth to follow in his footsteps and join the police force. “Never say you can’t, as that only means you don’t want to! If you put your mind to it, you can do it.”

Myburgh welcomed complaints, comments and suggestions from the community with regard to the Hillcrest SAPS. “I encourage the community to contact us, all information will be confidential.”

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