In his first month at the helm after his appointment as the Provincial Head of Corporate Communication, Brigadier Hlulani Mashasha has taken the bull by the horns in his mission to expose the bad, the good and the ugly of the criminal underworld
|POLOKWANE – On Friday 20 October 2023, the Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe, represented by Deputy Provincial Commissioner Human Resources, Major General Christine Morakaladi, introduced the newly appointed Provincial Head of Corporate Communication and Media Liaison Services, Brigadier Hlulani Mashaba, to the Limpopo Province Media Houses and the public following the retirement of the former Provincial Head, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo, in March 2023. |
Major General Morakaladi was joined by Department of Transport and Community Safety Director Tidimalo Chuene, Spokesperson for the Directorate Priority Crime Investigations (HAWKS), Lieutenant Colonel Maluleke Matimba, and members of various media houses, different District Corporate Communications Officers, as well as members of SAPS Provincial Corporate Communications.
During his speech, Brigadier Mashaba acknowledged his previous employer, the Department of Community Safety under the leadership of MEC Faith Mazibuko, for the vast amount of experience he has attained during his laborious years of service and said that he will be using this experience to ensure seamless co-ordination of communication services within SAPS working closely with various law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders with an interest on safety. Brigadier Mashaba also hailed his former predecessors, former Provincial Head of Corporate Communication and Liaison, Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo and most notably, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba who held the fort since the retirement of the former Provincial Head.
In his remarks, he said, “It is our duty as communicators to communicate the successes of integrated policing to society and various stakeholders. I am here to enhance the prestige and image of SAPS and am ready to serve Limpopo province with humility, commitment, dedication and passion,” remarked Brig Mashaba. He further said he will be strengthening relationships with media houses as part of media relations building exercise and appreciated the already existing working relations forged by the SAPS Media Relations team in the province.
“This exercise will help the media to understand our area of work better. In a relaxed setting such as this one, the media will also begin to appreciate the constraints and successes of SAPS,” added Brigadier Mashaba. Brigadier Mashaba also stressed the need for collaboration between police and media in information sharing with the purpose of educating and empowering communities. He concluded by saying that he believes in empowering the citizens to participate in fighting crime collectively with the police. Participants from the media houses engaged in the questions and clarifications and, in return, received appropriate responses from the SAPS.