NPA finalises Hawks torture charges

2012-03-12 22:42

Johannesburg - Torture charges against 14 members of the Hawks are being finalised, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday.

"We are busy preparing an indictment on this matter. Charges will be finalised soon," said Western Cape spokesperson Eric Ntabazalila, but added it would not happen this week.

The Democratic Alliance said on Monday the Hawks had been given a great deal of power.

"This is unlike the NPA-based Scorpions which, before it was disbanded, had a constitutional obligation to carry out its activities responsibly and without fear, favour or prejudice," said DA police spokesperson Dianne Kohler Barnard.

She said the charges arose from cases where members of the Hawks allegedly handcuffed suspects' hands behind their backs before pulling plastic bags over their heads.

People were allegedly threatened with suffocation, hit, kicked and slapped.

Kohler Barnard further claimed that some of the accused had been linked to the murder of Sidwell Mkwambi, 24, of New Crossroads, Cape Town. He was allegedly tortured to death and his body taken to a mortuary in a police van.

  • alansmartSnr - 2012-03-12 23:28

    Torture or not.. they (the Hawkes) have shown some exra ordinary good results recently so "Si non confectus, non reficiat" Every thing works if you just let it happen. I would not interfere wih their modus operandi as long as we can get rid of this crazy and unacceptable crime wave.

      Sizwe - 2012-03-13 01:58

      Wow Alan how narrow minded, what's next? you will be telling us of how our streets are war zones and thus we should put the infamous latin maxim into effect; "inter arma silent leges"! Torture is a tool used by those who lack competence in executing their duty, if torture is acceptable then what incentive will there be for a formal and fair investigation, why not just beat them till they confess and get another star on yout epaulette... Really now think man!!

      wesleywt - 2012-03-13 06:42

      Wow! So you want them to torture you? You are strange little fellow. A law enforcement agency who tortures rarely do it to enforce the law.

  • wesleywt - 2012-03-13 06:39

    The Hawks are the ANC secrete police. Ready for that dictatorship we are heading towards.

      Martin - 2012-03-13 07:26

      so long as sasha baron cohen is our leader im all for it

  • werner.smidt - 2012-03-13 08:40

    Give this a read:

  • ludlowdj - 2012-03-13 08:56

    Aren't the 18 months the government were given to disband the Hawks up yet??

      Zack - 2012-03-13 12:36

      That Was The Scorpions ludlowdj The Hawks Are New And Inproved Trained Not To Go After Polaticians

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