THE focus areas of the new Komani cluster commander, Major-General Sizakhele Dyantyi, will be building partnerships, including with the media, public education and building trust with communities.
Dyantyi, who has been in the South African Police Service since 1992 and originally hails from Elliot, said he moved to the Western Cape in 2001 where he held the positions of station and cluster commander and provincial head of visible policing.
The married father of four has a BTech degree in policing and a certificate in human resources from Unisa. He is busy with an honours degree.
He said the police were criticised for not giving feedback to community members on the progress of cases.
“Police must call meetings with victims of crimes and give them feedback. We must build trust among the communities,” he said.
He is also planning to focus on strengthening police visibility in crime hotspots.
“My key focus is to build partnerships with government departments, the National Prosecuting Authority and community members, all stakeholders and the media. When we have roadblocks we must work with traffic officers.”
A disciplined service, with police members at work on time and ready to serve with a reasonable response time, is also among his goals.
“We want effective and productive police members who are always at work and have a sense of responsibility. We will give support to the members who need it, praise to those who do well and discipline those who commit transgressions.”
Police vehicles were not in good condition and he said he would meet the police garage staff to ensure that enough vehicles were available.
The new cluster is the result of merging the Komani and Whittlesea clusters and comprises 17 police stations.
Former cluster commander Brigadier Phumla Mavuso is now the deputy.
Dyantyi said he would visit the stations in his first 30 days at work. “We need crime intelligence to analyse and identify hotspots so we can deploy members there. We need to have intelligence- driven operations.”
During the upcoming 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25 to December 10, police would focus on educating people about their rights, he said.