New SAPS head for Margate

2016-02-11 06:00
PHOTO: supplied The new Margate SAPS station commander, Colonel Sipho Cornelius Thabethe.

PHOTO: supplied The new Margate SAPS station commander, Colonel Sipho Cornelius Thabethe.

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MARGATE SAPS recently appointed a new station commander - Colonel Sipho Cornelius Thabethe - who is no stranger to the Margate community.

He joined Margate SAPS in 2005 and lives in Manaba, which falls under the same policing area so he knows it well.

“I joined the police in June 1988 and was appointed at Wentworth police station,” he said.

“After training I was deployed to Norwood [north of Johannesburg] where I was promoted to the rank of sergeant.”

While in Norwood he was attached to unit 19, public order policing, in Pretoria.

He travelled countrywide wherever there was unrest.

“I was deployed to the railway task team during

1990s when there was violence in the trains in Gauteng,” he said.

Thabethe was then transferred to Gamalakhe in 1992.

The move saw another promotion for the police officer which is where he became a warrant officer and then a station commander of Gamalakhe from 1997.

Three years later Thabethe was promoted to captain and remained station commander of Gamalakhe.

“I became lieutenant-colonel in 2005 and was appointed as a crime prevention commander until 2006. In 2009, I was reappointed as visible policing commander under the station commander, Brigadier Morris Moodley.”

Thabethe says spare time hardly exists in his world as he dedicates most of it to his work.

“I have very little leisure time, but when I get free time, I spend it with my family.”

“During my time as station commander I would like to involve communities in the fight against crime since SAPS cannot win the war against crime if the fight is isolated.

“I want all members to protect and serve the community.”

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