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A policewoman rose through the ranks, achieving the position of the top brass

Newly elected Waterberg District Police Commissioner Major General Dikeledi Rebecca Mangena believes that building trust and confidence in the communities she serves is the best way to achieve her goals.

After Major General Rosina Mulaudzi retired, she [Mangena] stepped into the vacant post on January 17, 2022.

Major General Mangena has 35 years of police experience and has always emphasised the importance of good communication and listening skills for a true leader.

The new Commissioner oozes confidence in her strength, honesty, and understanding of how to do the job at hand.

“The optimistic shift towards a fairer police service is partly supported by the growing respect for the specific characteristic and important professional qualities to which women law enforcement have always contributed. Such attitudes are expected to increase the capacity of law enforcement organisations which they serve, “according to Major General Mangena.

She began her career with the South African Police Service in 1987 and quickly rose through the ranks. Her first commandership was as a Finance Accounting Officer at Lephalale in 2000, where she rose to the rank of Captain.

She has extensive operational and leadership experience, having headed police stations at Pienersrevier, Bela-Bela, Mokopane, and Seshego.

She served as Capricorn’s Deputy Cluster Commander and Polokwane’s Deputy Cluster Commander until 2017, before she was named Provincial Head Operational Command Center (POCC) until her most recent assignment.

“At POCC, my responsibilities included coordinating all situational awareness in the province, receiving incidents from all five districts, and other serious crimes such as mafia justice and robberies. I was also responsible for the province’s daily provincial deployments. I also handled their successes including coordination of provincial stakeholder meetings,” added Major General Mangena.

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