Call for independent Hawks after Selebi sentence

2010-08-03 14:07

AfriForum today praised the disbanded Scorpions unit for their role in convicting former police commissioner Jackie Selebi, but said future corruption cases were at stake under a police-led investigation unit.

AfriForum community safety head Nantes Kelder said: “It could be more difficult to prosecute senior police officials on corruption charges in future owing to the replacement of the [independent] Scorpions with the newly founded Hawks unit, which falls under the direct command and control of the SAPS.”

He said Selebi would probably not have been prosecuted if the investigation had been left to a unit that fell directly under his command.

Kelder said: “The Hawks have done excellent work so far, but there is a need for an investigating unit that is not controlled directly by the SAPS.”

Selebi was today sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment for corruption.

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