Lt Colonel Thulane Maphanga: “I came to White River because it was time for me to make a change and learn about a new environment. I have a real desire to assist the community.”
Colonel Maphanga arrived at White River SAPS from Graskop in 2015, and has made himself at home in his new town. “I’m very happy to be here, it’s a lovely place” he comments. He makes sure he gets out into the field and into the community, being visible during police operations and present at the community projects taken on by the SAPS White River.
What made him enter the police force in 1993? Simple. He had a vision about assisting victims and changing bad situations for better. What keeps him in the force? Love of the job. And his dream to be Police Commissioner one day!
His wife and three children offer him strong support and are proud of their ‘Man in Blue”.
The White River station covers a large area, from Rocky Drift to Peebles, Swartfontein and just past KMIA. White River is a full service station, which includes CIS and a renowned Dog Unit but growth and development in the area is fast and the station is kept on its toes to stay abreast. Roughly 30% of his officers are female and Maphanga says they are good officers, thriving under the internal programmes put in place to support female officers.
How can the community support the thin blue line? Colonel Maphanga says that property crimes are their biggest crime category, and implores residents not to keep their valuables in the car and to make sure the vehicle is locked before dashing off. At night or when not at home, close your windows, lock your doors, activate your alarms. Know your neighbours and notice what’s going on around you, report anything unusual or odd rather than just ignore it and take responsibility for your own safety and your possessions. That’s plain common sense, guys, please do your bit to close down any possible opportunity for crime in your own personal space.
Colonel Maphanga says the police enjoy good relationships with the CPF, private security companies and the local business community. The strong support the police receive from these structures goes a long way to keeping White River as safe as it is. He urges people to get involved and join the support structures.
“The station is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week to everyone,” he says. “There is always room for improvement and your feedback is important to me. Please use the comments box at the entrance to let me know what’s working and what’s not.”
White River SAPS
Chief Mgiyeni Khumalo Street (next to the Post Office)
Tel: 013 751 3244
Emergency: 08600 10111