South Africa, Free State: Premier of the Free State Mxolisi Dukwana oversaw the welcoming ceremony of new police recruits at Bobbies Park, Mangaung, Bloemfontein yesterday, 01 August 2023.
The recruits, 864 in total, stood in absolute silence and motionless as Premier Dukwana spoke to them about the new path they were about to embark on. In a rousing address, Premier Dukwana appealed to the new recruits to be on the side of the people.
“The arrival of the new recruits will help bolster our efforts. The new recruits have chosen a path of good in a society that is traumatised by vicious violence. We need to rally behind honest police, those who have dedicated their lives to serve our people,” said Premier Dukwana.
He also sternly warned police officers who commit crimes that the law will be harsh on them.
“Equally, we will show no mercy to officers who dishonour their uniform. We will show no mercy to police officers who are on the take, those who abuse their powers. Such officers bring shame to this noble profession of patriotic men and women who have pledged to protect the citizens of our province. We warn those individuals that action will be taken in corruption and abuse of power,” he warned.
The recruitment of the police, added Premier Dukwana, will aid the government’s efforts to put an end to crime.
“The recruitment of the men and women in blue will help us in our efforts to reduce crime levels in our communities. Sadly, Our people have become prisoners in their homes because of marauding thugs. Criminals have become so bold that they are not even afraid of the police. They have gone toe to toe with the police and have demonstrated that they are not afraid to shoot it out with the police.”
He concluded by stating that the Free State Provincial Government will continue to confront criminality without fail. “We will never tire in our efforts to combat crime in our province. We will continue to prioritise the safety of the people of the Free State province. We will triumph evil with good.”
MEC joined Premier Dukwana for Community Safety, Roads and Transport Maqueen Letsoha – Mathae and the provincial commissioner of the South African Service, Lieutenant – General Baile Motswenyane.