Police general graduates with PhD
Durban - The national head of the vehicle fleet unit at the South African Police Service, Major- General Karel Francois Husselmann, on Tuesday graduated with a PhD in Criminology and Forensic Studies.
The policeman said: “Graduating with my PhD makes me feel like I can achieve so much more, especially in the area of implementing my research results.”
Husselmann’s studies involved learning more about how to effectively manage people at work.
“As I am a civil servant in a government department, and our main objective is to serve our communities, I needed to find a solution to change the mind-set of our government officials about contributing on a voluntary basis to the goals and objectives of our diversified organisation.”
This, he said, included taking responsibility and being accountable.
“Government departments, including the police, do not have access to unlimited funds and must use vehicle fuel and oil in an accountable and responsible manner to optimally execute their duties as mandated by the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa,” he said.
His study produced groundbreaking knowledge useful to the police occupational and organisational environments, within the context of New Public Management theory and the broader science of Criminology.
The study, conducted among a representative sample of station commanders in the SAPS, explored, described and explained the phenomenon of “employee public-private fused care” in furthering effective and efficient management of national police vehicle fleet fuel resources. The findings of the study provide a world first national comparative reference.
“The mere fact such a study has never been conducted around the globe, required innovative thinking and the management of mountains of uncertainty and frustration.
“To get hold of any SAPS station commander, by the nature of their work, is difficult, by any measure, but obtaining a representative sample of all station commanders across the Republic is another ball-game entirely,” said Husselmann.
He said being a major-general in the SAPS, managing a family, and completing a PhD at the same time, was no easy feat.
“It tested my endurance and resilience to breaking point.”
He hopes his research will help improve the effective and efficient management of state resources through “employee public-private fused care”.
Husselmann thanked his family, friends and supervisor.
“God has given you two ears and one mouth: this means you should listen twice as much as you speak, and the words you speak should be factually correct, or don’t speak.
“Everything is possible with God,” was his advice to other students.