THE hard work and dedication of two SAPS officers in the Northern Cape have borne fruit and they have both been promoted and deployed to posts in other provinces.
The work experience and achievements of Maj.Gen. Liziwe Ntshinga and Maj. Gen. (Adv) Linda Mbana during their terms of office in the Northern Cape were highlighted during a recent announcement.
Brig. Masebueng Mochologi- Maleeme, head of communications of the SAPS in the Northern Cape, confirmed that the Maj. Gen.’s have already started in their respective new positions on the first of January after given their notices late last year (2015)
Maj. Gen. Ntshinga, who was the provincial head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, in the province, has been appointed as the provincial head of the DPCI in the Free State.
Maj Gen (Adv) Mbana, who was the provincial head of legal services in the Northern Cape, has been appointed at the provincial head of the DPCI in the North West Province.
They were commended by the provincial commissioner, Lt Gen Risimati Shivuri, for their service of excellence, while being part of senior management in the Northern Cape.
According to Shivuri, their expertise will be missed, but their appointment as provincial heads of the DPCI in their respective provinces, will benefit the fight against organized crime as a whole.
He wished them everything of the best and said that he was convinced that they will go from strength to strength in the Police Service.
In a statement issued by the SAPS the different awards, leadership skills, hands-on approach and empowerment abilties of the two were highlighted.
According to the statement, the changes followed re-application of the provincial heads for the advertised DPCI posts due to the amendment of the SA Police Service Act.
Maj. Gen. Ntshinga has vast experience in the investigation of sexual offences and organized crime, which has resulted in her being appointed as the provincial head after joining the SA Police Service in 1985.
She joined DPCI in the Northern Cape in 2010 and her experience as a specialized detective spans more than 22 years.
According to Mochologi-Maleeme, the Northern Cape received an award for the best investigation project which was recognized internationally during the first DPCI prestige awards under Maj Gen Ntshinga.
“She was also commmended for successfully leading various operations and projects, such as Project Carnard, a cross border motor operation.
“Project De Lite, dealing with precious stones and Project Darling, a sting operation, are also among the projects that were recognized,” Mochologi-Maleema added.
She is currently the National Champion of Trafficking in Person within the DPCI environment and a Chief Facilitator of the SARPCCO Trafficking in Person training. Because of her vast experience in Organized Crime, she was appointed by the Minister of Mineral Resources to serve as a board member in the State Diamond Trader Committee.
Maj. Gen. Ntshinga was also appointed as a board member of the Precious Metals and Diamond Regulator Committee. She was also appointed by the National Commissioner of the SA Police Service to lead a task team for the revival of Organized Crime Threat Analysis (OCTA).
She had been invited to various seminars to speak on the subject of trafficking in person.
“She is actively involved in Womens Network activities and was a Womens Network Champion for the Detective Service Division as well as for the Northern Cape,” her profile reads.
She completed the National Diploma in Policing and furthered her studies to obtain a BTech Degree in Policing.
Maj. Gen. Mbana joined the Police Service on 1 February 2011 when she was appointed as the provincial head of Legal Services in the Northern Cape with the rank of Brigadier and was later promoted to the rank of Major General in the same component.
She obtained a LLB degree and during studies at the University of Fort Hare, focussed her research on the role of forensic medicine in the conviction of sex offenders.
She also furthered her studies and obtained an LLM degree, specialising in Labour Law.
She has also been admitted as an attorney.
He profile further shows that she developed her career further as a researcher for the Judge President of the Land Claims Court and later worked as a Labour Relations Officer at the Department of Justice in Gauteng.
She then became a legal administrative officer at the office of the Premier in the Eastern Cape where she was also admitted as an Advocate of the High Court in February 2010.
Before joining the SA Police Service, she obtained valuable experience as a Senior Legal Advisor at the Department of Education in Gauteng.
It was further revealed that Maj Gen Mbana won the Provincial Prestige Awards for two consecutive years for 2013/2014 and 2014/2015, as the best Senior Manager (level 13/14) in the Northern Cape province.
She was then nominated for the National Excellence awards of 2015 as the Senior Manager of the Year 2015, and managed to win this National category.