Leonard Hlathi graduates with a Masters degree

He said that all comes with hard work and time management.


Mpumalanga police spokesman Brigadier Leonard Hlathi has received his Masters degree.

The consummate cop was studying Policing Practice with the Southern Business School.

The graduation ceremony took place at Krugersdorp on 30 March 2017.

Hlathi told 013NEWS on Tuesday this week that: “Life is still the same. However, I’d like to encourage young people that they too can make it. It’s never too late”. He said he himself was encouraged by a petrol attendant who studied while he worked at the petrol station and finally got a BA degree.

He said an old man who obtained his degree while already on pension also made him to do it.

“That’s when I saw it’s never too late,” he said.

“It comes with hard work,” Hlathi said.



Hlathi, who is 47 years old, said when his colleagues left after knocking off at 4pm he would remain and study until late at night.

He joined the Southern Business School at the age of 41 in 2011.

Hlathi also possesses an N4 certificate in human resource management which he obtained from Nkangala FET college, and short course as well as a full course certificates in public relations from Unisa.

He became a communication officer of the SA Police Service in 1995 when he used to be the chauffeur of then police provincial boss liuetenant-general Malete, who is now retired.

(edited by ZK)

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