A series of crime prevention operations dubbed “Operation Basadi”, are being carried out by policewomen in the South African Police Service during August in support of Women’s Month. The Tswana term Basadi translates to women.
Lieutenant Colonel Linda Chiliza and Sergeants Topsy Khwela and Susan Chiliza, supported by two of their male counterparts from the Umzinto K9 unit and one from Scottburgh Vispol, held a roadblock on Wednesday, August 8 on the R612 Ixopo Main Road near the N2 freeway onramp at Ellingham. They stopped and searched a number of vehicles looking for stolen property, drugs, illegal firearms, undocumented persons and also checked for stolen vehicles. These operations with a high level of police visibility have a huge impact in deterring crime.
Working in the background while the functional police members go out on the streets fighting crime, are equally loyal and dedicated administrative personnel who play a supportive role to them. These are the members of the Scottburgh SAPS Support Services that is headed by Lieutenant Colonel Vino Govender. Personnel in the Human Resource Management section deal with aspects such as the processing of sick and vacation leave, service terminations, medical boards, transfers, recruitment, training and performance appraisals. Personnel in the Supply Chain Management section (SCM) are responsible for the procurement of physical resources such as stationery, vehicles and equipment as well as attend to the day-today- maintenance of the police station, Health and Safety issues, uniforms and inventory control. The Finance section administers the financial affairs of the station while the Administration section is responsible for all filing of dockets, registers and documentation and other registry related functions. There are also administrative personnel in the Detective, Crime Intelligence and Visible Policing components who are responsible for their respective section’s administrative duties.
The Station Commander, Colonel Ralph Ruiters, thanked all the women for their commitment to the station and their support over the past year and wished them a Happy Women’s Day.