Acting National Commissioner, Kgomotso Phahlane and new Free State Commissioner, Lebeoana Tsumane handed medals to members and officers that faithfully served the South African Police Service (SAPS) organization with pride and dignity over the past 30 and 40 years on Monday.
A total of 67 medals were issued to these loyal members and this includes those that are already on retirement.
Monday also marked the end of a policing career for Lieutenant General Thabethe Mpembe in the SAPS and this saw him handing over a baton to Tsumane.
The event was held at Dr Rantlai Petrus Molemela stadium in Rocklands Bloemfontein and was attended in numbers by the SAPS members from different units in the province, school children and ordinary members of the public.
The event saw this senior officer who holds almost four decades of policing experience: hand over power to the incoming incumbent Tsumane in a dignified military style ceremony.
Mpembe handed over a sword that gives the new master an authority and responsibility over the lives the Free Staters as the new provincial commissioner.
The former general did not only hand over the reigns to the new broom but he also awarded medals, along with MEC for Police, Roads and Transport, Sam Mashinini,
In his closing remarks, Mpembe, thanked all the members that put Free State on top during his tenure as the provincial commissioner.
“It has been a real pleasure to be part of the Free State and we could not have achieved what we did if it was not through team work”, so concluded the outgoing Provincial Commissioner.
Among the dignitaries that were present to witness the handing over of sword and awarding of medals to members were Mashinini, MEC for Health in Free State, Butana Komphela, Acting national commissioner Phahlane along with his Deputies, Lt Gen Mgwenya and Kruser.
The event was closed off with a fly past by the SAPS Airwing unit as well as a march past by the band and the drill platoon.