New police chiefs have been appointed for Muizenberg and Ocean View.
Fish Hoek police’s former station commander, Colonel Jacqui Johnson, took over as station commander at Muizenberg on Tuesday September 26.
Muizenberg’s former station commander Colonel Vassie Naidoo was transferred to KwaZulu-Natal, according to the station’s spokesman Captain Stephen Knapp.
Lieutenant Colonel Rewayne Muller, who was previously stationed at Strandfontein, took over as Ocean View station commander on Tuesday, September 26. The station’s acting station commander Captain Nick Spreeth will be the visible policing commander.
Colonel Johnson is from Ocean View and joined SAPS in 1988.
“I would like to encourage the community to support their local police through joining neighbourhood watches, community policing forums, sub-forums, and other bodies, that can help provide information that can lead to arrests and build a united front against crime,” she said.
The impact of drugs and alcohol on the community, especially on the youth, was of great concern to her, she said, adding that for the police to function effectively and efficiently, there needed to be a trusting relationship between them and the community.
Lieutenant Colonel Muller declined to comment but invited the Echo for a meet and greet at the station.
Muizenberg Community Police Forum secretary Heide Goodman congratulated Colonel Johnson on her promotion.
“We hope that with her dedication and perseverance and the community’s help that crime can be reduced,” she said.
Muizenberg Improvement District director for public safety Jesse Adonis also welcomed Colonel Johnson’s appointment.
Ocean View CPF chairman Mansoer Ismail wished Lieutenant Colonel Muller well in his new position.
“We are happy to support him and guide him and look forward to building a trusting relationship with him.”
Fish Hoek police spokesman Warrant Officer Peter Middleton said visible policing commander Captain Vumile Binza had been appointed as the acting station commander following Colonel Johnson’s move.