"Every station commissioner must realise that their duty is to serve and protect the community from criminals."
This is what "no nonsense" police Director Ngwako Godfrey Mashao, 46, who has turned things around at Orlando police station in Soweto, had to say about his achievements.
Mashao joined the SAPS in July 1986 in Limpopo. His determination and hard work earned him a promotion almost every year.
Orlando police spokesman Captain Nomvula Mbense said: "He does not entertain nonsense or foolishness. He just wants people to do their job and nothing else."
In 1987 Mashao completed his basic training and was transferred to Witbank, Mpumalanga.
"I spent two years in Witbank. In 1989 I was promoted to sergeant and transferred to Diepkloof, Soweto. A year later I was promoted to inspector," Mashao said.
In 1993 he was promoted to lieutenant and moved again - this time to Orlando police station.
He was redeployed yet again, this time to Lenasia police station, south of Johannesburg, where he headed the crime prevention unit. In 1995 he was back at Diepkloof.
Mashao says the year 2000 brought him yet more joy.
"I was promoted to superintendent and transferred to Vanderbijlpark, Vaal, to head the support service department.
Still a superintendent in 2001, Mashao was made station commissioner of Orlando police station.
"It was overwhelming. I did not know that I would one day command a station," Mashao said.
A feather in his cap is an international senior communications course he completed in Malaysia.
"When I arrived at Orlando the station was in a shambles. It had lots of problems. I had to start everything from scratch. It was not easy, but because I knew why I was there I never gave up," he said.
He said it took him more than a year to straighten things out at the station.
"The crime rate was high and the station was never rated number one in Soweto before. We have been number one since 2005 and currently occupy the top slot in Gauteng. Members have outdone themselves. I motivate and remind them why they are in the police service."