New Cluster Commander for Smithfield

Colonel Ngoma Shadrack Guma has been appointed as the new Cluster Commander of Smithfield from 1 July after the former Cluster Commander resigned.


Colonel Guma was born in Fauriesmith and went to Tshwaranang Primary and later attended Wongalethu Secondary in Bethulie.

He married and has five children. He describes himself as a quiet and a reserved person and someone that does not bother anybody. “I also don’t like unnecessary fights but enjoy fighting if it’s for the benefit of SAPS”. Unity and togetherness is what he preaches.

Experience with SAPS

Colonel Guma joined SAPS in 1990, just two years after completing Standard 10 (Grade 12) and received his Police Training at Maleeuskop Police College.

He has worked in Faurismith, Philipollis, Bethulie, Trompsburg and recently Bethlehem. He was the Cluster Commander at Trompsburg Cluster and was a Vispol Commander at Bethlehem SAPS before taking up Smithfield Cluster Commander vacant post.


He furthered his tertiary education with Unisa with a Diploma in Policing and B-Tech in Policing. In 2014 he obtained a Public Management Development qualification with University of Pretoria.

Currently Colonel Guma is busy doing his second year Master’s Degree with the University of Pretoria.

He said: “I am a team player and I am here to work with my team (all nine stations). I will make sure that all incumbents in my area of work feel and are safe and secure”. The environment in the communities must be free from crime.

He however pointed out that the police cannot work alone in solving crime but require the help of the community. “Good community relations are of utmost importance when it comes to solving crime because when a crime is committed at least one person in the community is a witness”. We must encourage that person to come forward with information to help the community.

Deputy Provincial Commissioner- Major General Phumzo Gela

The appointment of Colonel Guma will give hope and joy to the communities of the entire Cluster, challenges with regard to crime and criminality will be something of the past. He worked at different stations and clusters whereby he proved himself to be a leader.

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