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Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees is entrusted with ensuring the optimal operation of POLMED to the benefit of the members. The Board of Trustees comprises of seven individuals who are elected and seven who are appointed by the National Commissioner

The elected members:

  • Ms MV Phiyega (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Ms PP Dimpane
  • Ms BD Mokwena
  • Mr TN Ngwenya
  • Ms NL Twetwa
  • Mr BSJ Muller

The members appointed by the National Commissioner:

  • Adv L Mbana (Chairperson)
  • Ms KC Moloko
  • Mr SJ Nelson
  • Mr NP Nethengwe
  • Adv DV Odendaal
  • Ms PB Temba
  • Dr BM Zulu
Board of Trustees
Standing (from left to right):
Adv DV Odendaal, Ms KC Moloko, Dr BM Zulu, Ms PP Dimpane,
Mr TN Ngwenya, Mr SJ Nelson, Ms NL Twetwa, Ms BD Mokwena and
Mr BSJ Muller.

Sitting (from left to right):
Ms MV Phiyega (Deputy Chairperson), Adv L Mbana (Chairperson) and
Ms N Khauoe (Principal Officer).

Mr NP Nethengwe and Ms PB Temba.

Advocate Linda Mbana (Chairperson)

Adv L Mbana is the Provincial Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation in the North West province (Hawks). She occupies a rank of Major General since 2011. She was previously the Provincial Head of Legal Services in the Northern Cape. She is the Chairperson of POLMED’s Board of Trustees.

She holds three legal degrees, namely a B Juris, LLB and a Master’s in Labour Law. She is also an admitted attorney who strives towards customer service excellence, good governance, strategic compatibility and exemplary leadership.

Adv L Mbana served as a researcher, labour advisor, a researcher for the Land Claims Court Judge President, and a legal advisor in different government departments before being appointed as a Brigadier at the South African Police Service (SAPS). She was admitted as an advocate in 2010.

Adv L Mbana’s strength lies within her organising will, clarity of mind and dominance of intellect. She has a proven track record of responsibility, integrity and commitment to the employer’s objectives, which highlights her ethical values.

Her motto is: Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence.

Ms Mangwashi Victoria ‘Riah’ Phiyega (Deputy Chairperson)

Ms MV Phiyega is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Safer South Africa Foundation. She is also a retired General of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

She is past Group Executive for ABSA, Transnet Limited and the National Ports Authority, and was also Head of the Transnet Foundation. She was Chairperson of the Presidential SOE Review Committee and was Commissioner of the Road Accident Fund Commission.

She served on numerous boards of corporate companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) chairing a number of them, including amongst others Transmed and the Council for Medical Schemes. She served as Member of Council for the University of Limpopo as well as the Medical University of South Africa (Medunsa). She was also a Board member for the 2010 Bid Committee.

She holds a BA in SW from the University of the North, a BA Honours from Unisa, an MA from Rand Afrikaans University and a Post-graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Wales University.

She also attended Executive Development Programmes at the National University of Singapore and Wharton University (Pennsylvania in the United States).

Ms Puleng Patricia Dimpane

Ms PP Dimpane is currently employed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) as a Major General. She is an experienced senior manager with a career spanning over 15 years in the public service, nine years of which are at a senior management level. She has experience in the field of auditing and accounting, having worked at different departments in the provincial and national government.

Ms PP Dimpane holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree and an Honour’s Degree in Business Administration. She has also completed courses in strategic management and risk management.

She joined the police service in 2007 as an internal auditor, where she was responsible for the establishment of the Internal Audit Unit of SAPS in the Free State province. She currently holds the position of Deputy Provincial Commissioner responsible for asset management within the Free State SAPS. The responsibilities of this position include management of the finance and supply chain components.

Ms Boikhutso Dorah Mokwena

Ms BD Mokwena is currently employed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) as a Detective at DPCI Mpumalanga.

She is an experienced detective working in teams ranging from the Serious and Violent Unit to the Organised Crime Unit and South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) under the Hawks. During her career she has been involved in different project and task teams.

She matriculated at Kwamhlanga High School and holds a Diploma in Forensic Investigation.

She joined SAPS in 2004 and she is currently studying towards obtaining a Degree in Policing Practice.

In 2017 she was elected to the POLMED Board of Trustees.

She is willing and ready to serve members of the Scheme and also ensure people do not take advantage of the Scheme.

Ms Kedibone Cecilia Moloko

Ms KC Moloko matriculated at Sekano-Ntoane High School and proceeded to the University of the North where she obtained a BA in Social Sciences in 1986.

In 2002 she studied at Rand Afrikaans University and obtained Master’s Diploma in Human Resource Management.

In 2005 she successfully completed the Presidential Strategic Leadership Development Programme (PSLDP) offered by the South African Institute and accredited to Honours status level 7 by North West University’s School of Social and Government Studies.

After completing her junior degree she was employed by Standard Bank for four years, then joined the Edcon Group (Edgars Stores Ltd) as a Human Resources Manager for eight years. She joined the Gauteng Office of the Premier as a Human Resources Manager for four years and joined the South African Police Service (SAPS) in January 2001 as a Brigadier.

In 2011 she was promoted to Deputy Provincial Commissioner: Human Resource Management in the Limpopo province and in 2015 she was transferred to the head office in Pretoria where she is currently working as the Component Head: Employee Relations and Life Cycle Management.

Mr Stephanus Johannes Nelson

Mr SJ Nelson was appointed as a member of the POLMED Board of Trustees in August 2017. He is currently employed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) as a Major General, Head Financial Services: Management Accounting.

He is an experienced senior manager with a career spanning over 30 years in the police service, 15 years of which are at a senior management level in the organisation – including acting as the Chief Financial Officer for SAPS.

During this period his duties were related to the effective financial management of the institution, including exercising sound budgeting and budgetary control practices, performing financial planning, the operation of internal controls and the timely production of financial reports. Furthermore, he provided advisory and operational services across the full range of financial management responsibilities of the accounting officer – from the preparation of strategic plans to the provision of regular internal management reports, risk management, other internal controls and external financial reporting.

He successfully completed the modules presented by the South African Institute of Government Auditors (SAIGA) at the University of Pretoria: Public Finance Management Academy. He therefore has specialised knowledge, skills and applied competence in the field of public finance management.

Apart from this, Mr SJ Nelson obtained a National Diploma in Government Finance and attended numerous courses and workshops relating to:

  • strategic planning
  • financial planning
  • annual financial statements
  • internal control and risk management
  • internal auditing
  • governance
  • Standards of Generally Recognised Accounting Practice (GRAP), and
  • performance management in the public sector.

Mr Thulani Nkosinathi Ngwenya

Mr TN Ngwenya is a revolutionary and a strategist employed by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and released full time to the progressive radical organisation The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) as National Collective Bargaining Negotiator. He is also a unit manager responsible for collective bargaining and a Vice Chairperson at the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC).

He was born in Volksrust and moved to Standerton. He was elected to the POLMED Board of Trustees in August 2017.

He is serving as a Trustee of POLMED to ensure that members’ interests are looked after, to protect their interests to ensure they receive the proper healthcare they deserve, and to protect them from the vultures of the healthcare industry, which he views as a significant mountain to climb.

He considers himself as being equal to the task to advancing radical economic transformation and bringing change to the healthcare industry, which he believes needs radical transformation.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

Advocate De Villiers Odendaal

Adv DV Odendaal is a serving member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) for the past 32 years, holding the rank of Brigadier.

He is employed as the Section Head for Legal Support: Resources within Legal Services at the head office.

He holds the following qualifications: BA (Law), LLB, LLM and an Advanced Diploma in ADR.

He is actively involved in human resources issues at SAPS as a negotiator in the Safety and Security Sectoral Bargaining Council (SSSBC), appearing in arbitrations and advising SAPS management on general labour law issues.

Adv DV Odendaal has been serving on the POLMED Board of Trustees since 2015 and is also assisting in the Human Resources and Remuneration Committee (HRREMCO) of the Board.

His passion is to serve the broad interest of SAPS members and as a POLMED Board member he is able to live this passion out.

Ms Ntombizonke Letticia Twetwa

Ms NL Twetwa was born in Butterworth (Eastern Cape). She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the South African Police Service (SAPS) at the Management Intervention Division and is responsible for ensuring service delivery is improved and addressing service delivery dysfunctions at the stations within the Eastern Cape province.

She matriculated at Mthatha Technical College and obtained a Diploma in Human Resources Management at the Southern Business School Institution in Johannesburg as well as an Advanced Diploma at the same institution.

During 2014 she obtain a Higher Certificate in Political Economics at the University of the Western Cape, and during 2017 she successfully obtain a Higher Certificate in Accounting at the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) in Johannesburg.

She served within different structures in leadership positions as Provincial Deputy Secretary and later as a Secretary at the Provincial Polmusca Executive Committee in Eastern Cape for two consecutive terms. She served as Provincial Gender Coordinator and later became Provincial Treasurer of The Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) – a position she currently holds.

As a Trustee of POLMED’s Board, she is dedicated to ensuring the necessary service is rendered to members at all times.

Doctor Bongiwe Matilda Zulu

Dr BM Zulu was appointed as a member of POLMED’s Board of Trustees in August 2017. Dr BM Zulu, who established Division Research at the South African Police Service (SAPS) in January 2016, is currently leading and managing research at SAPS as Divisional Commissioner Research at a rank of Lieutenant General.

Prior to this she served in various senior management positions within SAPS, including Divisional Commissioner: Human Resource Development in February 2015; Acting Divisional Commissioner: Crime Intelligence in October 2013; Head: Education, Training and Development Standards in August 2011; Director in Crime Research and Statistics in 2009 and Provincial Head: HRD in 2007.

In 2002 Dr BM Zulu joined SAPS as Deputy Director: ETD Research and Curriculum Design coming from the Department of Education as Head of Department: Mathematics, Natural and Computer Sciences.

Dr BM Zulu holds Doctor of Education and Master of Education Degrees from the University of Zululand and Bachelor of Education in Educational Science and Bachelor of Pedagogic in Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

She holds a N6: Human Resource Management, Diploma: Manager Development; Diploma: Advanced Project Management; Graduate Certificate: Knowledge Management; Advanced Graduate Certificate in Applied Management obtained in Australia and a Graduate Certificate: Strategic Leadership obtained from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Mr Nnyimeleni Patrick Nethengwe

Mr NP Nethengwe is a senior manager (Brigadier) at the South African Police Service (SAPS), heading the portfolio for absenteeism management and medical incapacities/disabilities at national level.

He has a wealth of knowledge about public sector management dynamics drawn from tenures of employment at the Department of Health and Correctional Services, before enlisting at SAPS.

He possess a plethora of skills – a mix ranging from clinical, legal and business to management acumen. The aforesaid is drawn from vast experience in health risk management, involvement in medico-legal litigations and strategic management exposure. This is backed by academic qualifications, namely: MBA-Coursework, BA (CUR), Nursing Diploma (Psychiatry, Midwifery, Community and General Nursing) and a National Diploma in Law.

Mr NP Nethengwe has been designated as a Trustee of POLMED’s Board since 2016. He is passionate about the sustainability of POLMED, whilst also ensuring POLMED members pay contributions that are down-managed in comparison with the medical scheme industry, without compromising on benefit offerings.

Mr Barend Stephanus Jacobus Muller

Mr BSJ Muller has been a member of the South African Police Service (SAPS) since he left school.

He was appointed on 1 December 1980 at Milnerton Police Station and after completing training at the Pretoria College he was sent to CR Swart Plain Police Station.

Thereafter he was transferred to Mpumalanga, where he was stationed in Middelburg, Ermelo, Mahamba near Piet Retief, Breyten and Hendrina.

He holds the rank of Warrant Officer since April 1996. He completed a course for Officers in Paarl as a Warrant Officer in 2008.

Since May 2004, Mr BSJ Muller attended to duties as DPO, skills facilitator, SCM, SAPS 13 and he was also a full-time shop steward.

Ms Precious Busisiwe Temba

Ms PB Temba is the National Head: Employee Health and Wellness – a unit tasked with the responsibility of ensuring a healthy and productive South African Police Service (SAPS) workforce.

She has teaching qualifications and experience, namely a Secondary Teacher’s Diploma, BA and BEd Degrees from Unisa and Post-graduate Diploma in Sexuality Education at the University of Pretoria. She holds an MA in Psychology, a Certificate in Advanced Trauma Management from SAITS and Advanced Programme in Human Resource Management from Unisa.

She has also undergone the SAPS Lateral Training Programme, which makes her a qualified Police Officer.

Before joining SAPS she worked as Head of Wellness for the Gauteng Shared Services Centre, servicing all Gauteng departments on health and wellness matters, and as a Wellness Specialist at the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

Before rejoining the public sector, she worked in the private sector as a Wellness Accounts Manager at ICAS and a Trauma Specialists at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR).