Cape Town – The Western Cape welcomed a new acting police commissioner, Thembisile Patekile, on Monday after Yolisa Mokgabudi (formerly Matakata) left last week.
Major-General Thembisile Patekile, who had his first full day on Monday, had previously served as acting provincial commissioner for the Western Cape.
He is originally from the rural villages of Port St Johns in the OR Tambo district in the Eastern Cape.
Patekile has served in various police stations and locations in the Eastern Cape and beyond its borders. Before leaving the Eastern Cape, Patekile served as the Chungwa group commander in the present-day Amathole district.
He was promoted to George in the Western Cape, as Cluster Commander, before being later appointed by former National Commissioner, Gen. Riah Phiyega, to replace Lt. Gen. Arno Lamoer as Provincial Commissioner with interim of the Western Cape.
He served in this office until he was transferred home to the Eastern Cape.
Upon his return to the Eastern Cape, management deployed him to Komani as the group’s commander, but his tenure there was short-lived.
Patekile was quickly redeployed to the Mount Road Cluster office in Port Elizabeth, where he was appointed District Commissioner for the Municipality of Nelson Mandela Bay.
The announcement of his appointment as Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Policing came as he led a team to launch the Safer City model in Port Elizabeth.
Patekile was once again appointed Acting Provincial Commissioner for the Western Cape.