PRAKTISEER – Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba, Limpopo Provincial Police Commissioner, awarded medals to the hard working and faithful South African Police Service members on Friday.
One Hundred and Fifty members received the long service wards in the form of medals categorised in accordance with the long service of unbroken record.
Sixty members received medals for 10 years long service medals, 30 for 20 years long service and 60 in the 30 years long service category.
The newly appointed MEC for Transport and Community safety, Dickson Masemola and Head of Department (HOD), Nchabeng Tsebe, Deputy Provincial Commissioners, Local Municipality representatives, tribal authorities, Community Police forum, Community Safety Forum, Cluster Commanders, Station Commanders and government departments were among the attendees.
MEC Masemola, who hit the ground running following his appointment in just less than 24 hours, joined the Provincial Police Commissioner and his management in awarding medals and decorations to the Saps members.
Proceedings of the day started with a briefing session at the Tubatse Police Station Hall and thereafter, the entourage proceeded to Itirele Primary School Sports ground for the main program.
Ledwaba acknowledged the presence of the traditional authorities, Justice Cluster and the Municipal representatives in his opening remarks.
He then welcomed and congratulated the newly appointed MEC Masemola and went further to congratulate the medal recipients.
He echoed it was not all about how long they had been in the office but what they had done when they were there.
The provincial commissioner over-emphasised the concern he had on police members who were involved in corruption and also committing suicides.
Ten years, twenty years and thirty years medals were awarded to the recipients by the MEC, the Provincial Commissioner and the Deputy Provincial Commissioner responsible for HRM Major General Christine Moralakadi.
MEC Masemola appreciated the spectacular work done by the police in organising the medal parade.
He further warned criminals that their space of operation was reduced to zero and pledged that, there would be joint forces to ensure that the citizens of the province enjoyed life freely without fear of criminals. Proceedings culminated in a march pass and all went well.