New Soshanguve station commander talks tough against criminals

New Soshanguve station commander, Brigadier Samuel Thine.

Newly appointed Soshanguve police station commander Brigadier Samuel Thine, has fired the first warning shot to all criminals in the area.

Speaking to Rekord after assuming his new role this week, he warned there would be no place for criminals in Soshanguve.

“Either they move out of Soshanguve or they run the risk of being arrested,” he said.

Outlining his crime combating strategy, the brigadier said: “My first task will be to ensure that the community feels safe. We have to ensure that the level of crime is decreased. We will achieve this through interventions with the community and engagements with all stakeholders.”

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Saying that he would not hesitate to take action against police officers found to be conniving with criminals, Thine said he would intensify the fight against crime by increasing police visibility and introducing an operational plan focused on the reduction of crime.

“We have to take a focused approach on investigations. We have to improve detection rate and the conviction rate,” he said.

The commander promised to work closely with residents to secure their safety.

His career started in Soshanguve in 1988. He has since worked for different police stations including Vosman in Witbank where he served as acting station commander between 2007 and 2015.

“I have worked for different units including crime prevention, organisational development, support head at provincial level both in Mpumalanga and Gauteng,” he said.

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Thine was Mabopane station commander for the past two years. His appointment at Soshanguve comes a few weeks after he was promoted from colonel to brigadier.

“We have identified certain problematic areas that will receive the highest attention. The main problem area is sector 3 which includes block L, parts of Ruth First, Itsoseng, extensions 1, 2 and 3,” he said.

“Crime in general is a serious problem. Other worrying crimes are contact crimes as well as crimes against women and children.”

His station’s policing area has now been extended to cover Soshanguve Block AA, and will receive additional personnel and vehicles.

“We will engage with community members. My door is always opened to community members who want to report crimes,” he said.

“We have to be accessible. Community members who want to report police officers conniving with criminals can contact me directly at 082-416-3701,” Thine said.

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David Matsena

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