President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended the women of South Africa’s security and law enforcement agencies for their work in making the country safer.
Speaking at the Integrated Women in Law Enforcement Parade in Gqeberha on Thursday, Ramaphosa said that women were making significant strides in what was previously considered to be male-dominated environments.
He pointed to the fact that five out of nine provincial commissioners in the South African Police Service (SAPS) are women, as well as the recent opening of a new DNA expansion project at the Forensic Science Laboratory in Gqeberha.
Ramaphosa said that these initiatives were a testament to the hard work and dedication of women in law enforcement, and that they were helping to make South Africa a safer place for everyone.
“We appreciate all women in the integrated security and law enforcement agencies, across all the ranks,” he said. “It is these women who continue to make significant strides in what was previously considered to be male-dominated environments.”
Ramaphosa also called on all South Africans to support the work of women in law enforcement.
“It is imperative for all of us gathered here today, men and women, that we support these women who are willing to put in the work and make the sacrifices to ensure that everyone in South Africa is safe,” he said.
The Integrated Women in Law Enforcement Parade is an annual event that celebrates the achievements of women in the security and law enforcement sector. This year’s parade was the first to be held in the Eastern Cape.
The parade was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Minister of Police Bheki Cele, Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and Premier of the Eastern Cape Oscar Mabuyane.
The parade was also an opportunity to showcase the capabilities of women in law enforcement. A number of demonstrations were held, including a drill by the SAPS’s national intervention unit and a performance by the SAPS’s marching band.
The parade was a fitting tribute to the women of South Africa’s security and law enforcement agencies, who are working tirelessly to make the country a safer place for everyone.