The 1988 female platoon members awarded 30-year loyal service medals
It was in 1988 when the three female platoons (27, 28 and 29) reported at the SAPS Academy Hammanskraal for their police training.
Thirty years down the line, the three platoons paraded again to receive their 30-year loyal service medals at a prestigious ceremony held at South African Police Service (SAPS) Academy Hammanskraal.
The aim of the event was to acknowledge and recognise the officers of the three female platoons who were trained from July to December 1988, including commemorating the lost lives of 13 members who were part of the platoons.
Speaking at the event to celebrate the women in blue who have been the pioneers of this organisation in their own right, the National Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, commended and acknowledged the members’ commitment, hard work and contribution to the growth and development of the SAPS.
“We are here to applaud our members who have given their lives to serve the people of South Africa. The organisation, like the public service, has undergone numerous changes and experienced many challenges over the past three decades, and inevitably capable persons changed careers and left the SAPS. However, those whom we are celebrating today, defied the odds and stood the test of time, and for their loyalty and hard work, we are proudly recognising them today,” said General Sitole.
In his address, General Sitole also mentioned that the patriotic and selfless women have committed themselves to the SAPS over the past 30 years, understanding that a fully capacitated SAPS and a fully-fledged professional service translates to a safe and secure South Africa.
“You have selflessly served, knowing that no nation can claim a successful democracy without peace, safety and security. Your patriotic contribution to the achievement of a more broadly representative organisation driven by excellence and accelerated, positive service delivery, cannot be overemphasized,” said General Sitole.
General Sitole urged the recipients to impart their knowledge, wisdom, sense of patriotism and selfless service to the young police officials tasked with the creation of a safe and secure environment that will turn South Africa into a crime-free climate that will be conducive to economic and social stability in support of a better life for all.
As part of the SAPS’s Turnaround Vision, General Sitole called upon all members – from high ranks to lower ranks – to embark on a journey to a safer South Africa, by –
enforcing and asserting the authority of the State
thoroughly and responsively investigating every crime
efficiently utilising resources in support of the investigation of crime;
Using crime intelligence in support of proactive and reactive policing approaching policing in a collaborative, consultative way.