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Hawks inadequate - Glenister

2012-03-14 16:17

Johannesburg - The SA Police Service's (SAPS) amendment bill in its current form is still inadequate, lobbyist Hugh Glenister said on Wednesday.

Should it become law, investigations by specialist police unit the "Hawks" would still not be protected from political influence, he contended.

"Corruption must be stopped, and the only way to do this is to create an anti-corruption body that is independent, specialised, properly resourced, well-trained and endowed with the protection needed to ensure the security of its personnel," Glenister said in a statement.

Last March, in a case largely initiated by Glenister, the Constitutional Court ruled that chapter 6A of the Saps Act be sent back to Parliament for amendment because it made the Hawks vulnerable to political interference.

Its concerns related to the conditions of service of the unit's members and its head, the possible effect on their job security due to their work, the appointment of members, flexible and unsecured pay scales and who they reported to in Cabinet.

Political conspiracy


Chapter six enabled the disbanding of the Scorpions, a body of investigating prosecutors which fell under the national prosecuting authority and which preceded the formation of the Hawks.

In the lead-up to the Scorpions being disbanded they were accused of being part of a political conspiracy to prevent Jacob Zuma from becoming president.

Glenister was surprised last year when, after years of challenging the disbanding of the Scorpions, the Constitutional Court ruled in his favour that there were constitutional problems with the way the Hawks was structured.

Glenister, a businessman, urged people opposed to the amendment in its current form to write to Parliament and convey their views before March 27.

The Constitutional Court gave 18 months from the ruling last March for the amendment, and suspended its order of constitutional invalidity for that period to allow for the amendment to the law. Public hearings are scheduled for April 23 and 24.

"There is no way to control or to stop corruption if the Hawks remain under the umbrella of SAPS," he said.

Comments
  • Mark - 2012-03-14 16:33

    The Hawks were, of course, deliberately structured to indirectly immunise corrupt politicians from being investigated too deeply. otherwise, we would still have the Scorpions. Yes, Mr, Glenister is right - we should all write to parliament. Please then, supply the precise contact details.

      iamarthur - 2012-03-14 20:01

      Yes please!

  • nsele2 - 2012-03-14 16:34

    Who is running the country now? this Glenister is realy.....

      Johann - 2012-03-14 17:19

      Huh!

      Sinudeity - 2012-03-14 19:29

      "Who is running the country now?" Corrupt scumbags.

  • nsele2 - 2012-03-14 16:39

    where is my comment nw?

  • david.lebethe - 2012-03-14 16:50

    Would Glenister be happy if the Hawks are controlled by FB1 or M15 and/or Mossad? There will always be rumblings even if the unit is no longer controlled by the SAPS.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-03-14 16:55

    the scorpions had a sting which all feared but these hawks are supposed to have the sharpest sights, are subjected to wearing blinkers and are forced to see only what their masters want them to see. yes there should be an independant corruption fighting fighting body, but with the constitution being threatened makes me doubt that we citizens will ever have this body.

  • Sinudeity - 2012-03-14 19:26

    "Corruption must be stopped, and the only way to do this is to create an anti-corruption body that is independent, specialised, properly resourced, well-trained and endowed with the protection needed to ensure the security of its personnel" You mean like the Scorpions?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-15 06:14

    If there was a law upholding the Protection of Information at the time, we wouldn't even have known about the scrapping of the Scorpions and the forming of the Protectors of ANC Politicians - the Hawks. This would have been classified information. These ANC Freedom Fighters are fighting our Freedoms on all fronts : Media, Judiciary, Security, Labour, Economy, Education, Agriculture...you name it. Thanks to people like Mr. Glenister, some Freedoms are fighting back. The worst part of the picture is that the Government uses the resources of the PEOPLE to suppress the PEOPLE. We really need a proper government that stands for the PEOPLE.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-08-15 20:30

    Glenister for president.

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