Police intel unit blamed for crime

2013-09-22 08:36
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Johannesburg - The rise in organised crime can be directly attributed to the police's intelligence unit, which according to experts, is dysfunctional and in a shambles.

The Sunday Times reports that following the release of official crime statistics last week, that clearly show a spike in syndicate-led crimes, experts from the Institute for Security Studies say that with no real leadership, the unit has virtually ground to a halt.

National police commissioner General Riah Phiyega has said she will now personally take charge of the unit, which is tasked with collecting information to combat crime. Its head, Lietenant-general Richard Mdluli has been suspended over allegations that he abused secret funds.

Phiyega's hot seat

This is the second time this month that Phiyega has felt the critical glare of the media, following reports initiated by an article in the Sunday Times last week that her spin doctor runs a brothel in his spare time.

Earlier this month, SAPA reported that the DA had called for Phiyega to be fired. "[She] is not fit to lead the SA Police Service [SAPS]," said DA MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard.

She said Phiyega had been hired because of her managerial skills, but that she was failing to deliver.

Read more on:    saps  |  riah phiyega  |  richard mdluli

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