AMANZIMOTI SAPS welcomed new station commander, Colonel Bongin-kosi Nkabinde, to the area last week. Nkabinde said his first priority will be to ensure that citizens feel safe in Amanzimtoti.
“My aim is to build a relationship between SAPS, the community and a vibrant Community Policing Forum (CPF). I am aware of the problems within the CPF structure which I believe started with politicians taking over the CPF. Members attached to the CPF should leave politics aside. We are here to serve the people of Toti, regardless of their political stance.”
He added that SAPS alone cannot sort out all the issues within the community and will be looking towards other government departments and non-profit organisations to work alongside them.
“I am a positive person and hope we can work together to make things happen in this community. I have learnt that a number of ex-police officials are residing in Amanzimtoti and I will be drawing from their experience,” he said.
Nkabinde intends to earn the respect of his co-workers.
“I will be considerate towards them. I cannot ask my members to do something I cannot do or am not willing to do.”
At the same time he expects his members to act responsibly.
“We as managers cannot always be where our members are. We need the community to be our eyes and ears and report instances where they feel issues were not dealt with properly by our members,” he said.
“I am also aware that there are policemen attached to the taxi industry, which means they are not impartial when dealing with taxi-related problems and I intend to address that,” said Nkabinde.
Born in Umlazi, Nkabinde started his career at Kwadabeka SAPS. He then transferred to Gamalakhe SAPS in Port Shepstone after which he got promoted and became the branch commander at Port Edward SAPS. Having run the detective branch, he took over as station commander in 2005 until promoted to Amanzimtoti.
Nkabinde also acted as the cluster commander for the Margate cluster in the absence of Brigadier Moodley.
“In our cluster there are eight stations and I will strive to become number one. Let’s be honest, we will never be rid of crime, but I intend to bring it down to ‘acceptable levels’.”
Nkabinde is an equally dedicated family man. He is married to Thembi and the couple have six children.
“It is my intention to take Toti to the next level. I am an outgoing person and I enjoy spending time with my family.
“My son wants to follow in my footsteps and I told him it is hard work and you have to love your job first, then build a legacy for the organisation,” he said.
He urges the community to report crime.
If crime is not reported to SAPS, hot spots will not be identified.