New WC top cop Patekile: I have a difficult task ahead of me

Thembisile Patekile has been the acting provincial commissioner since February and was officially appointed to the role on Thursday.

Major General Thembisile Patekile (C) at the Khayelitsha police station on 17 May 2021 after the murder of 13 people and the arrest of 11 suspects. Picture: Lizell Persens/Eyewitness News

CAPE TOWN - The new permanent Western Cape police commissioner has acknowledged he had a difficult task ahead of him.

Thembisile Patekile has been the acting provincial commissioner since February and was officially appointed to the role on Thursday.

He briefed the media on Friday on plans for the coming months, saying understaffing in the province's police stations would be a key agenda item for him.

“I am not taking this lightly; it is an enormous task ahead of us. I want to ensure that there is an enticing and collaborative approach to the issues of crime and safety in the province and that they become a priority.”

Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz said this appointment would allow for the smooth rollout of the long-awaited safety plan.

“We can now have stability in the province; stability within the police who now have a stable commissioner and we can now start acting on the safety plan and getting the safety plan to address the serious issues in the metro.”

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