Cape Town – A newly appointed Acting Police Commissioner, Thembisile Patekile, was welcomed by the Western Cape on Monday following the departure last week of Yolisa Mokgabudi (formerly Matakata). Major-General Thembisile Patekile, who had his first full day of employment on Monday, had previously served as Provincial Commissioner for Western Cape Acting.
He comes from the remote villages of the OR Tambo district of Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape. In the Eastern Cape and outside its boundaries, Patekile has worked in various police stations and locations. Before leaving the Eastern Cape, Patekile worked in the now-Amathole District as the Chungwa Cluster Commander. Before being appointed by the former National Commissioner, General Riah Phiyega, to succeed Lt Gen Arno Lamoer as the Acting Provincial Commissioner in the Western Cape, he was promoted to George in the Western Cape as the Cluster Commander.
He worked in that office until he got a move to the Eastern Cape back home. The management deployed him to Komani as the Cluster Commander on his return to the Eastern Cape, but his stay there was short lived. Patekile was soon transferred to the Mount Road Cluster office in Port Elizabeth, where he was appointed District Commissioner for the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. In preparation for the introduction of the Safer City Model in Port Elizabeth, the announcement of his appointment as Deputy Provincial Commissioner for Police came as he was heading a team. Once again, Patekile was nominated as the Acting Provincial Commissioner for the Western Cape.