North West brightest stars shine at the SAPS National Excellence Awards

POTCHEFSTROOM – In line with the South African Police Service (SAPS) Reward Strategy, the police held the 7th Annual National Excellence Awards on Sunday, 26 January 2020 at the Boardwalk Hotel, Port Elizabeth in Eastern Cape Province to acknowledge and award SAPS employees throughout the country, who never hesitated to do much more than what is expected of them.

The National Excellence Awards were held in conjunction with National Police Day, which is annually celebrated on 27 January, making the two events a combined celebration of policing and police employees in South Africa.

Two North West members walked away with top honours during the National Excellence awards, hosted by the Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele and the National Commissioner, General Kehla Sitole.

The first winner was Administration Clerk, Aliza Els. She was crowned as the winner in the category: Admin Employee of the year (Level 5 – 7).

She works at Hartbeespoortdam Police Station as the Station Commander’s clerk. The quality of her work clearly demonstrates that she is devoted to excellent service delivery.

Over and above her normal day to day duties, she also performs administration duties at Crime Prevention. She has a small informer network that makes it possible to assist Crime Prevention members with cellular phone traces and obtaining information on suspects. She assists with communication on social media platforms such as WhatsApp groups across Gauteng and North West. She is also involved in the Community Police Forum (CPF) activities and the fight against crime. The employee’s dedication has led to strong partnerships with local security companies, medical emergency units and SAPS members.

Lt Col Willem (Spikes) Pretorius was announced as the second winner in the category Visible Policing Employee of the year (Level 8 – 12).

He works at the Provincial Commissioner’s office at Operational Response Services (ORS). The officer was deployed as commander of one of 5 stabilisation groups and located in the Klerksdorp Cluster to curb the threat of illegal miners, who shot at the police and security officials with high calibre weapons to prevent interruption of their illegal activities.

The officer also commanded the multidisciplinary, high risk team of the National Intervention Unit, the Rapid Rail Unit, the K9 Detectives’ combination for illegal mining operations, as well as a section of the Public Order Police for stabilisation operations.

He developed a good informer network and a profile of activities and individuals in the operational area. He developed an understanding of the modus operandi and personal characteristics of the criminals involved, making him successful in his endeavours in combating crime.

The following were amongst items recovered: 29 firearms; 48 vehicles; various items used to make explosives; huge quantities of Drugs and in excess of R7.5 million processed/unprocessed gold.

The operations lead to the disruption of criminal activities in the operational area that included illegal mining, house robberies, burglaries and cash-in-transit (CIT) robberies.

The North West Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Sello Kwena, on behalf of the North West Management and members of SAPS in the province, congratulated all nominees, finalists and winners. He said that men and women in blue will continue to sacrifice precious time with their families and loved ones to serve and protect the citizens of the country to ensure that all people are safe and feel safe.

Source: South African Police Service