STATEMENT BY PORT SHEPSTONE SAPS:
It was with a heavy heart that the South African Police Service bid farewell to two of their most seasoned and dedicated officers this month who have worked for the most part at the Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS).
Captain Tholiwe Nhlapho (pictured above) has devoted 36 years of her life to serving others, especially women and children who have been the victims of rape and sexual abuse.
Her list of accolades and training courses that have enabled her to expertly fulfil her duties are too numerous to count.
Members serving under her command can attest to her strong leadership skills and her tenacity in dealing with the courts.
Captain Mandlakayise Cele’s quiet and unassuming personality is in stark contrast to the powerful (mandla in isiZulu) manner in which he fought for victims of sexual assault and rape.
His 35 years of unwavering loyalty and commitment to the Service is indeed an outstanding example for all members to emulate.
He is known for securing outstanding convictions in a number of high profile cases.
Both officers will be missed by their colleagues and it will be a challenge to fill their empty seats with equally experienced and hard-working members.
Ugu Cluster Commander, Major General Sethenya Nxamagele, pointed out that “As a result of the constant wave of crimes, especially against women and children, it is imperative that we continue to fight and win the battle with members of this high calibre, whom victims can trust completely to bring justice for them.”
She thanked and wished them both the best for their well-deserved retirement as they now dedicate their time to their families.