Sibonisiwe Nelisiwe Buthelezi
as she is known, throughout the Department, was born and bred in Zululand area
in 1967. She joined the Department of Transport in 1998, when the amalgamation
of the KwaZulu and Natal Provincial Government took place. She commenced in the
Provincial Motor Transport section in the personnel section. When PMT was
restructured later in that year she took the opportunity to commence on a career
in traffic policing, she joined the Ulundi Road Traffic Inspectorate as a
Provincial Inspector. She received her Traffic Officer’s Diploma in 1999. She
was then promoted to Principal Provincial Inspector at the Port Shepstone Road
Traffic Inspectorate in 2000.
Neli became the first woman traffic officer to be promoted to
a rank of an Assistant Director in the history of the Road Traffic Inspectorate
serving under the Public Transport Enforcement unit in 2002. She is currently
the commander in charge of the investigating team that deals with corruption
within public transport and the Department as well as being responsible for
ethical standards. She is also currently studying towards a diploma through Rand
University on a part-time basis.
In her spare time, Neli says she enjoys studying and watching
As woman in a predominately male work sphere, she has been
faced with many challenges.
Her message to other women is:
"Traffic policing profession is the responsibility of
everyone. If you are faced with problems as a woman, do not treat them as
problems but rather accept them as challenges. We need to realize one issue
here- we all traffic officers irrespective of colour or gender."