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Leading by example – New Graskop Station Commander

Kopano Dibakwane

The newly appointed Station Commander at Graskop SAPS, Captain Ndlovukazi Mashele, plans to work closely with the entire community in the fight against crime.

She resumed her duties officially from January 7th this year, following the departure of the previous Graskop Station Commander, Captain Prince Sibuyane.

Mashele is a qualified teacher but opted to join the police force as a constable in 2005 at Graskop police station. She took a transfer to Nelspruit-working under HRD division (Human Resources Development). She completed a B-Tech in Policing and graduated in 2010. Her efforts were acknowledged and she received a promotion to the rank of Lieutenant in 2011, also moving to Tonga police station in the same year.

Her other contributions within the police force include working as a Skill Development Facilitator (SDF) for six stations such as Tonga, Komatipoort, Skoemansdal and Malelane. She obtained a Human Resources certificate with UNISA (University of South Africa) in 2013. Later that year, she took a cross-transfer to Bushbuckridge police station, where she served as the Communications Officer-dealing mostly with media-related issues.

“I’m very operational and I want to see community involvement. We need the community in order to win against crime. My role is to ensure that all structures, such as CPF-Community Policing Forum, are properly implemented. So far we have a good working relationship with the CPF. We are a small station, but we are policing local and international tourists, also the daily influx of school kids and workers from different areas. I encourage the community to report crime and I want to emphasise that my office is open. I invite the community to come and express themselves on issues that require our attention,” said Captain Mashele.

Mashele mentioned that the station extended a hand of support to a local family in Glory Hill (the Mabuza’s) during a time of great need. She said that the station hosted local stakeholders to a round table discussion during International Woman’s Day. She thanked the Fire Fighters for a sterling job during a cleaning campaign, which was held last month alongside the Graskop Conservancy and GCBT (Graskop Chamber of Business and Tourism).

In conclusion, Mashele said that she received a warm welcome from colleagues.

“I’ve worked as a Field Training Officer (FTO) and I’ve trained most of the officers at Graskop police station. I’m glad that they all later became Sergeants and it is good to work together with them again,” said Mashele.

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