SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE SERVICE-CORPORATE COMMUNICATION
TWO KIRSTENHOF SAPS MEMBERS PROMOTED
Warrant Officer Franzette Conradie has been promoted to the rank of Captain and will be stationed at the Claremont detective branch. The member started her policing career in 1994 at the age of 18 at Kirstenhof SAPS. She worked in the community service centre for two years. In 1996 she went over to the Crime Prevention Unit and worked with the business watch and firearm applications. The same year she was promoted to the rank of sergeant. In 1999 she decided to join the Kirstenhof detective branch to gain more experience. She was promoted to the rank of Warrant Office in 2000 where she held that rank for 18 years before this promotion. A rose amongst the thorns at the detective branch this member was always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that service delivery was upheld. The member contributed to many successful convictions over the years. As one of the most experienced detectives this will be a great loss to the branch but we wish her well as she venture onto her new journey.
Warrant Officer Marius Breda has been promoted to the rank of Captain and will be stationed at Mfuleni SAPS as a shift commander. The member started his policing career in February 1985 as a student at Kirstenhof police station under the command of station commander Lt Opperman. In the beginning he found it very challenging as a new constable and still remembers there been no houses in Raapkraal Road Kirstenhof just bush. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1996 and then to Warrant Officer in 1998 where he was a shift commander. In 2011 he took up the post of CSC head and was in charge of all the shift members and held that position for two years. He then returned to the shifts where today he is still a shift commander. Altogether this member has served the Kirstenhof community for 33 years. He explains that he had his fair share of difficult complainants but will miss the community the most. A part of him will always be in the community of Kirstenhof. He has seen many changes not only to the community but to the station building itself. Many uniformed members were taught policing by this Officer including Captain Conradie . Members dared to question or back chat him. A strong leader and a father figure not only to the police members but to the community. Fondly known as Uncle Marius this member will be missed but we are confident that he will fly the flag of Kirstenhof high.
Both members will report at the new stations on the 1st July 2018.
Below – Captain Franzette Conradie and Captain Marius Breda
EIGHT YEAR CONVICTION
The thorough investigation of crime and the brining of perpetrators before court are crucial in the efforts of the Kirstenhof SAPS to ensure successful convictions. This was proven once more during an investigation by Detective Sergeant Bongeni Nomala of Kirstenhof SAPS detectives when he arrested a suspect and brought him before court. The 26 year old man from Westlake was sentenced to an effective 8 years imprisonment for robbery with weapon other than a firearm which took place on 2016-06-08.
The complainant was walking down Westlake Drive on her way to work when the suspect grabbed her from behind and threatened her with a knife. He forced her to hand over her bag and cellphone to the value of R180. The accused Byron Dreyer was arrested by Sergeant Bongeni Nomala after all leads were followed up. Following a lengthy investigation the suspect was sentenced in Wynberg Regional Court on the related charge. Sergeant Bongeni Nomala was commended for his sterling investigation and his commitment to the fight against crime.
To ensure that offenders are brought to book, police at Kirstenhof SAPS made various drug arrests during the week. The Kirstenhof Crime Prevention Unit was conducting patrols in Westlake on Wednesday when they noticed a suspicious male exiting a house in Flamingo street. The officers proceeded to search the suspect and he was found to be in possession of one packet of tik. The officers then proceeded to the premises that the suspect was seen leaving. The officers searched the premises and found 31 packets of tik, 13 mandrax tablets and 6 stoppe dagga.
Total street value of drugs confiscated was R2000 Both suspects was detained and charged for been in possession of drugs. They appeared at Wynberg magistrate court where bail was denied. Both suspects will remain in prison till the next court date.
Operations continued in Kirstenhof Friday evening which yielded more successes for the Kirstenhof Crime Prevention Unit. Random stop and searches were conducted at various houses in Westlake. The officers entered a house in Restio crescent , searched the premises and found 3 large parcels of dagga and 9 small bags of dagga. Total value of drugs confiscated was R2500. The suspect a 32 year old Westlake resident was arrested and charged for been in possession of drugs. He appeared at Wynberg magistrate court on the said charges.
The station commander Lt Col June Cilliers has commended the members for their dedication and focus to rid our streets from this evil. The effort to eradicate drug dependency in general will continue throughout the precinct.