Jane Sithole, MPL
Spokesperson on Community Safety, Security and Liaison:
The DA welcomes the newly appointed Mpumalanga police commissioner, Lieutenant General Mark Dumisa Magadlela.
National police commissioner, Riah Phiyega, announced the appointment of Magadlela this past weekend – as a replacement to General Thulani Ntobela whose contract was not extended when it expired late last year.
The DA wishes Magadlela all the luck in his new job. He has some big shoes to fill after the departure of General Ntobela. Ntobela was focused on fighting crime within the province. Under General Ntobela Mpumalanga saw a decrease in the majority of crime categories during his tenure.
The new commissioner faces tough challenges ahead if you take into consideration that Mpumalanga has high murder rate particularly in the areas of Secunda, Barberton and Witbank. The province also has some serious problems relating to drugs, nyaope in particular.
The DA hopes that commissioner Magadlela will give specific attention to the challenges associated with drugs and drug dealing in our Province; as the people who are addicted to these drugs are terrorising their families and the community at large. There is some work being done already but there is a desperate need to enhance these efforts.
Lieutenant General Mark Dumisa Magadlela was previously the Eastern Cape’s Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Crime Detection.
He is a career policeman and an admitted Advocate of the High Court who started his career with the police in 1981 and rose through the ranks. He graduated from the University of Transkei with a BA in Police Science, BA Honours in Criminology, LLB from the University of Fort Hare. He is currently studying towards a Master’s Degree in Philosophy.