New KZN detective head ‘walks a straight path’

2012-12-06 00:00

THE new head of detective services in KwaZulu-Natal is a fearless policeman with 33 years’ experience and a no-nonsense approach to the job.

Brigadier Clifford Marion, who says he acts without fear, has vowed to intensify the crackdown on crime in the province.

In an interview with The Witness yesterday he said: “I do everything that’s right. I walk the straight path as far as I am concerned. I fear nobody as long as I have the support of detectives and my principles. I have got God on my side. I don’t think anybody will do anything to me; if they want to, they can try.”

Marion, the former head of the Scorpions in the province, said he had a passion for investigation — “that is my strong point”.

“My vision is to assist the provincial commissioner to turn around the detective services in KZN. I want to ensure that every detective in this province gives of their best. There are new projects in the pipeline to fight crime,” he said, adding that his job would be much easier if the community worked with the police and helped in investigations by being vigilant.

Marion began his working life as a bakery driver after matriculating from a Greytown high school in 1976. He joined the police service three

years later, working at different police stations in the country during the times of political violence.

“I worked in Pomeroy, establishing the detective unit in 1983, where I used to bathe in the river as the house provided by the state had no water and electricity. But it did not stop me from doing my work,” said Marion, who was part of a team formed to investigate the political violence that wracked Richmond in the 1990s.

This included the investigation into the assassination of United Democratic Movement leader Sifiso Nkabinde. He has also served time on the national taxi violence task team.

Marion said he did not consider his career as work because he enjoyed what he did, gaining satisfaction from seeing the community safe and secure.

When Marion is not on duty, he pursues another passion — writing.

He disclosed that he is writing a book, Changing Times, which will focus on a number of investigations he was part of and the legal precedents that were set.

Away from his desk, Marion spends time with his family when he is not playing squash.

Playing for the Pietermaritzburg district squash league, he has a number of gold, silver and bronze medals.


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