New Mpumalanga Hawks head appointed

2014-11-06 10:48
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Johannesburg - The Hawks have appointed a new head in Mpumalanga following the redeployment of their previous boss, a spokesperson said on Thursday.

"Major General Yolisa Siyotula has been appointed the new head with effect from this past Monday," Paul Ramaloko said.

Siyotula was previously based at the Hawks headquarters and led the Asset Forfeiture Unit.

The appointment comes after the unit's previous head, Major General Simon Mapyane, was moved to the Hawks headquarters.

"He was not demoted. He is still a major-general," said Ramaloko.

"It's a matter of an employer-employee arrangement."

Suspension

He dismissed a report in the Sowetan that the move was due to a sit-in by the Police, Prisons, and Civil Rights Union at the Hawks' Mpumalanga offices last week.

Meanwhile, the DA in the province claimed Mapyane was suspended. In a statement, MPL Jane Sithole said there were numerous calls for his suspension following his arrest in May last year after allegations emerged that he falsified travel claims.

"In August 2013 the DA wrote to the national commissioner of police Riah Phiyega to suspend Maj-Gen Mapyane after fraud and corruption charges were laid against him. Phiyega refused to act," she said.

"However, this week, 17 months since his arrest... Mapyane was suspended after Popcru and Hawks members increased their pressure on Phiyega to act."

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