Officers suspended for raid

2011-03-05 07:27

The two crime intelligence officers who raided the office of the Public Protector on Wednesday evening have been suspended, the Hawks said today.

“This has been done in the interest of a thorough and transparent investigation,” spokesperson McIntosh Polela said.

“The two officers have already provided statements to the Saps [SA Police Service] and an investigation is under way.”

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi yesterday said two police officers, a Colonel Maluleka and a Captain Nkuta, arrived at the offices, on the instructions of a Colonel Heine.

Without official papers backing up their request, they sought a document referred to in a Sunday Times report last week and wanted to know if it had formed part of the protector’s findings regarding a police lease probe.

Polela asked that the media not speculate on specific issues regarding the investigation and promised that it would be finalised as quickly as possible.

“This will also be done in the interest of fairness to the people implicated,” he said.

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