EDITORIAL: Clean up rot in the police

2017-09-03 06:02
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula (File, AFP)

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula (File, AFP)

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For weeks on end, we are subjected to sickening tales of attacks and counterattacks in the security cluster, particularly in the police service.

Last week, City Press reported on a plot by senior police officers to assassinate Police Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The former sports minister has hardly been in the job for six months, but has already attracted the wrath of the rotten elements in the department.

It is clear that there is a level of ungovernability that has been allowed to take root deep inside the police service.

The rogue police are not just content with fighting each other and anyone who stands in their way, they have also become useful pawns in the hands of politicians.

City Press also reported last week that newly appointed head of crime intelligence Major General King Bhoyi Ngcobo was accused of submitting a fake matric certificate before being appointed as the head of VIP protection services.

His controversial elevation came after we exposed that his predecessor, Major General Pat Mokushane, had a criminal record, allegedly ran his private companies from his office and had an affair with a subordinate officer’s wife.

It is a merry-go-round of dubious appointments that have more to do with nefarious agendas than any intention to enhance the protection of South African citizens.

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation – the Hawks – has also allowed itself to be used as a political pawn.

For example, since Pravin Gordhan was returned to his position as finance minister in December 2015, the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority have played a game of ping-pong – investigating and charging Gordhan, then changing their minds just as easily.

Their actions have been interpreted as an attempt to create a cloud around the then finance minister, who stood as a bulwark against moves by corrupt elements to capture Treasury.

This week, they were at it again with fresh subpoenas for former finance minister Trevor Manuel and his deputy Jabu Moleketi over an old matter of an alleged rogue unit within the SA Revenue Service.

The matter has dragged on for so long that it is no longer clear if they intend to charge the pair or are just trying to intimidate those who oppose state capture.

Read more on:    npa  |  hawks  |  pravin gordhan  |  fikile mbalula

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