by ANNA NTABANE
MBOMBELA, (Mpumalanga Guardian) – SOME police officers from the Mpumalanga Province have emerged among the biggest winners at the South African Police Services (SAPS) National Excellence Awards held in the Eastern Cape this past weekend.
Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Mmamolefe Seema from KwaMhlanga was named the Best Investigator of the Year and the winner of the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual offences (FCS) category at the awards held in Port Elizabeth.
The best provincial FCS unit awards went to Capt Doctor Dlamini and his team members.
Sergeants (Sgt) Kgereu Rankapole and Cornelius Lubuschagne received runner-up awards.
Masoyi’s Detective Constable Joseph Smanga received the National Commissioner’s award while detective constable Sibusiso Sibuyi from Calcutta was the first runner-up in the Special Detective’s category.
Gabisile Tshabalala, Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, as well as provincial Commissioner of Police, Lt Gen Mondli Zuma, lauded the deserving officers.
“These members are exemplary of hard work and determination, as they have displayed excellence in their work,” said Tshabalala.
She continued, “As the leadership in this province (Mpumalanga), we would like to acknowledge, encourage and commend these men and women in blue, as well as the support staff who took their precious time and effort and display extraordinary commitment in caring and doing their duties to make sure the public is safe and protected.”
SAPS holds its National Excellence Awards annually to recognise police members, support personnel, reservists, Community Police Forums and sports heroes who displayed excellence, dedication and extraordinary commitment in the execution of their daily duties and beyond.