National Police Commissioner appoints two deputies

Friday, December 1, 2017

National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has announced the appointment of Lieutenant Generals Lebeoana Tsumane and Francinah Ntombenhle Vuma as Deputy National Commissioners.

Lieutenant General Tsumane will head the police’s crime busting arm, the crime detection unit. He will be responsible for the detective services, forensic services and crime intelligence divisions.

Lieutenant General Vuma will steer the management advisory services section. She will be responsible for organisational development, strategic management, programme and project management and corporate communication and liaison.

“Lieutenant Generals Tsumane and Vuma are to be congratulated on their well-deserved appointments. I have no doubt that they will contribute significantly in our efforts to achieve the vision of turning the creation of a safe and secure environment into a crime-free conducive climate for socio-economic stability in support of a better life for all,” said General Sitole.

The appointments form part of the recently-appointed General Sitole’s turnaround strategy which focuses on SAPS crime intelligence and detection as drivers to effectively fight crime.

When he was appointed he promised that the filling of vacant senior management positions would be prioritised.

Prior to Lieutenant General Tsumane’s appointment, he was the Provincial Commissioner of the Free State, a post he held since 1 November 2016. He has worked in the detective field from 1985. He garnered vast experience in various posts including as an investigating officer and a commander at a number of detective branches and specialised units in Free State and Gauteng.

From 2001 to date, he held a number of management positions, including Provincial Head of Detectives and Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in the Free State, Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Crime Detection in the North West and Free State, Acting Provincial Commissioner in North West as well as Provincial Commissioner for the Free State.

Her appointment as Deputy National Commissioner means Vuma has now been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General.

She started her career as a student Constable, performing duties in the community service centre in KwaMhlanga Police Station in 1987. She rose through the ranks, serving in various posts in the financial, supply chain management, crime research and support environments between 1988 and 2010.

Lieutenant General Vuma previously served as the Component Head of Operational Support under the Division of Protection and Security Services, a post she assumed this year. Between 2010 and 2017, Lieutenant General Vuma served as the Head of Complaints against the SAPS component under the Inspectorate and National Management Intervention division.

The newly appointed Deputy National Commissioners will report directly to the National Commissioner. -

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