New SAPS Provincial Commander of Media Relations in Limpopo appointed

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Limpopo

POLOKWANE – Lieutenant Colonel Malesela Jonathan Ledwaba was today conferred with the new rank of a Colonel and appointed as the Provincial Commander of the Media Relations of the South African Police Service in Limpopo Province.

Conferring the rank to Colonel Ledwaba and 13 other Colonels appointed in other environments, the Provincial Commissioner of Police in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe said these new appointments carry with them huge responsibilities which demand hard work.

Colonel Ledwaba possesses vast experience in the environment of Media Liaison which spans for 26 years. During the period when policing in the Province was still divided into four areas which were led by the Area Commissioners , Colonel Ledwaba was the Area Head  of Communication and Liaison Services in the then Waterberg Area.

Before his appointment in the then Waterberg Area, Colonel Ledwaba worked in different environments such as Community Service Centre, Human Resource Management as well as Visible Policing .From SAPS basic training in college he was detailed to Namakgale SAPS in the Community Service Centre and from  Namakgale he was then  transferred to Lebowakgomo , VISPOL Environment and later to Lebowakgomo Head Quarters in the HRM environment. He was later transferred to Seshego, then District Head Office, in the Communications and Liaison Services.

In 2002 he was appointed the Area Head of Communications and Liaison Services in Waterberg Area Offices and in 2012 he was transferred to Provincial Head Office in the Communications and dealing with Events Management and Protocol Services.

Colonel Ledwaba acquired a wealth of experience within the organisation. Having acquired a Degree in Police Management from UNISA, he also empowered himself with knowledge and certificates in the Media as well as Events Management environments, Colonel Ledwaba went on to demonstrate his passion for what he does. His work ethics are clearly manifested by his willingness to always go the extra mile to get the work done.

This father of two is results driven and has a passion to serve the community, something which brings pleasure and satisfaction to him.

Colonel Ledwaba had the first-hand experience when Community Policing Forums were introduced and officially launched. When he was the Area Head in Waterberg he carried a huge responsibility in dealing with the perceptions and conceptions amid the amongst the serious problem of a serial rapist and murderer who tormented the community in Phahameng for almost six years before being arrested, convicted and subsequently sentenced to multiple life sentences.

He did the same thing during Vuwani violence that led to destruction of properties during 2015.

Colonel Ledwaba takes over from the retired Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe, who left the Police Service in March this year. He can be contacted on 082 451 7180, 015 2901021 or on email


Lt-Colonel Mamphaswa Seabi
082 450 1578