Subsequent to the Cabinet and public announcement of the appointment of Mr Makgothi Samuel Thobakgale as Director-General (DG): National Commissioner of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), the Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Ronald Lamola, pinned the rank insignia of the National Commissioner at a ceremonial function on 02 October 2022 at the Office of the Minister in Tshwane.
The Minister said the appointment and conferring of insignia on Commissioner Thobakgale signals a new era of hope, intellectual engagement as well as competent and ethical leadership to drive DCS forward. “We must inculcate a culture of robust engagements, allow creativity and innovation among senior, middle and junior managers and all employees,” said Minister Lamola.
He wished Commissioner Thobakgale all the best in his new role, and urged the management and staff of the Department to rally behind him as the Commissioner takes on the mammoth task of steering DCS to greater heights. “We call upon all of you to provide him with the necessary support, by doing your job. Nothing is going to speak more for you than doing your job,” implored Minister Lamola.
The Minister commended management and staff under the stewardship of Commissioner Thobakgale for laying a solid foundation and championing the call by President Cyril Ramaphosa to build an entrepreneurial state, through the implementation of the Self-Sufficiency and Sustainability Framework (SSSF). “DCS is the only Department now in the whole of government that can claim to have successfully laid the foundation for an entrepreneurial state where you can see it in action in the various units of the Department,” he said.
Deputy Minister Nkosi Phathekile Holomisa echoed the Minister’ sentiments and wished Commissioner Thobakgale good success in his new role. He said the incumbent had demonstrated astute leadership and moral rectitude during his tenure as acting National Commissioner.
Commissioner Thobakgale said he was honoured and humbled to be entrusted with the immense responsibility inherent in such a demanding position. “I undertake and promise to do the best of my ability to steer this ship conscientiously and responsibly for the common good of our citizens,” he pledged.
Mr Thobakgale paid homage to all officials for the support they provided during his tenure as acting National Commissioner. He beseeched all members in brown uniform to holds hands with him in an effort to maximize the gains achieved and place corrections on a higher delivery path. He said knitting back the moral fabric of our society requires the participation and contribution from all sectors of the community. “As we continue to build a broad consensus around corrections in our communities, I will be counting on your full participation. We can only solicit the public’s continued support, partnership and cooperation as we seek to fulfil our mandate. Correctional officials cannot do this alone. We must all accept responsibility to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies, communities, partners and other organised structures,” concluded Commissioner Thobakgale.