Hawks get new deputy head

The Hawks’ “champion for narcotics” in the Western Cape has been promoted to the position of the crime fighting division’s deputy national head.
Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (BPCI) head Lieutenant-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza made the announcement about Major-General Yolisa Matakata’s upward move on Tuesday.

“I wish her the best of luck in her new appointment and I know she has what it takes to bring the difference and in the DPCI and her presence will surely strengthen the team‚” he said.

Matakata will now hold the rank of lieutenant-general.

A Hawks statement said “Matakata has held several crucial positions in the South African Police Service since her enlistment in 1995”.

She worked in the Western Cape’s Crime Intelligence Unit for 15 years before taking over its reins in 2008.

Two years later‚ she received the “Mentoring Award” from the International Women in Police Association‚ as was soon after was appointed the as the provincial head of the Hawks.

“She is the champion for narcotics in the directorate and holds a bachelor degree in Administration among other certificates‚’ the statement said.

“Her 20 years’ experience in the service will come in very handy”‚ said Ntlemeza.