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Premier Masualle salutes Eastern Cape police officers

By Jesica Slabbert - Aug 31, 2017
Premier Masualle salutes Eastern Cape police officers

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle took his hat off to the women and men of the South African Police Service (SAPS) in the province for the sterling work they continue to do to keep communities safe.

He was a guest at the Annual SAPS Excellence awards that were held on Wednesday night at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth.

"The men and women in blue continue to work hard to instil and retain law and order in our communities against all odds", said Premier Masualle.

The awards afford an opportunity for a reflection on the great and commendable work that is being done and strides made by various role players in the fight against crime.

“The many good strides that are made by very committed men and women who serve the South African Police Service are not acknowledged or appreciated, sitting here this evening made it possible for me to say that you are doing a good job,” said Masualle. 

Captain A. Freemantle was awarded as the overall winner for the province in all facets of policing. He has led an innovation where horses were introduced and members of the community of Bizana made active participants in various crime fighting campaigns. The operations that Captain Freemantle spearheaded led to arrests of many offenders and confiscation of numerous unlicensed firearms.

Mtontsasa, Willowvale and Gelvandale received the honours for being the best Police Stations in the whole province for the year 2016/2017. Captain Freemantle attributed his success to the cooperation that is there between the police, the community and other role players.

“Tonight, we are here to celebrate achievement in the midst of difficulties. It ought to be that we say we are proud of our men and women in blue, you are doing very well.”