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Mbabane – The Royal Eswatini Police Service (REPS) has elevated over 100 officers to higher ranks.

Among those promoted are senior officers, who were in the forefront in the investigation of cases related to the political unrest, which culminated to looting, torching of property and loss of lives. They include among others Head of the Crime Investigations Department (CID) in the country, Clement Sihlongonyane, who has been promoted from being Senior Superintendent to Assistant Commissioner and Thabo Hlophe, who has been elevated from Superintendent to Senior Superintendent. Hlophe, who was also in the forefront in the arrest of those implicated in the political unrest, is the Manzini Regional Crime Branch Officer (RCBO). Also in the list is Jabulani Madlopha, Hhohho RCBO, who has been promoted from Assistant Superintendent to Superintendent. Another senior police officer, Sikhumbuzo Fakudze has been promoted from Senior Superintendent to Assistant Commissioner.

recently applauded

Fakudze is the officer who was recently applauded by the High Court for his investigations in the murder of businessman and former Mbabane Swallows Boss Victor ‘Maradona’ Gamedze, who was shot in cold blood in 2018. Nicholus Jele, who is the Hhohho Head of Fraud and Commercial Crimes Unit has been elevated from Senior Superintendent to Assistant Commissioner. Not to be left out, Chief Police Information and Communications Officer Superintendent Phindile Vilakati has been promoted to Senior Superintendent. Her deputy, Nosipho Mnguni has been promoted from being Inspector to Assistant Superintendent. The promotions were announced by the Office of the National Commissioner of Police.

In a press statement, the office said the promotions were in furtherance of the objective to improve the command and control mechanism geared primarily at improving the efficiency of all portfolios at strategic, tactical and operational levels. “The vacancies have been created by the wide range of attrition factors. The promotions are with effect from December 1, 2023,” reads part of the statement. Worth noting is that gender parity was applied in the promotions, as despite that the list is dominated by males, a significant number of women were promoted to higher ranks as well.

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