Minister Nathi Nhleko opens Korsten 10111 Centre during PE visit

JANUARY 27, 2016

Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, on Wednesday visited senior citizens at Adcock and Elizabeth Stuurman Old Age Home in Schauderville, Port Elizabeth, as part of a National Police Day celebrations and Community Outreach.

He was accompanied by Acting National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Phahlane, and Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Cynthia Celiwe Binta. 

The National Police Day is an iconic day on the Police calendar as the South African Police Service annually celebrates its establishment and aim to assist in fostering better relations between the community and civil society.

Reverend Warront Officer Williams opened the day with prayer and also emphasized the importance of community relations saying "we are here to foster relations between SAPS and civil society and we are visiting our senior citizens today because the SAPS cares".

Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lt General Binta also addressed the elderly and emphasized the purpose of the day saying National Police Day is not only about interacting with our police members but also about serving our communities with dedication and care.

"We consider senior citizens as valuable members of our society," she said.

The Acting National Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Phahlane introduced the Minister of Police, Nhleko to the old age home residents, also encouraging them to continue working with the police.

The Minister of Police during his address said that policemen and women belong to the community.

"We urge the community to protect the police and pray for their safety at all times as criminals are always targeting our men and women in blue," he said. 

"Our senior citizens are very important to the police. That is why we chose to be here today."

The Minister of Police, the Acting Provincial Commissioner and the Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner handed out gifts including, food, toiletries and bedding to the senior citizens.

Minister Nhleko later visited Korsten, again in Port Elizabeth, where he officially opened the TETRA Digital Radio System and the 10111 Centre. Terrestrial Radio (TETRA) is a digital radio communication system that has been operational in Gauteng. The Eastern Cape will be the second province to use the effective and modernised system.

This is part of migrating from analogue to digital radio communication, in keeping with international standards. TETRA is mainly used for communication among operational members in the SAPS, including 10111 centres.

Speaking after the opening of the Centre, the Minister said that it holds hope for the future.

"Critically, it is centre that has to enhance interaction between members of the community and the police," he said.

The Eastern Cape is the second province to use the TETRA after its implementation in Gauteng.

Images: Top; Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko; Eastern Cape Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Cynthia Binta, and Acting National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Service, Lieutenant General Phahlane, at the Adcock and Elizabeth Stuurman Old Age Home in Schauderville, Port Elizabeth.