EXCLUSIVE | Crime Intelligence spent R112m on spy tech they can’t use, and criminal charges could follow

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Lieutenant General Peter Jacobs.
Lieutenant General Peter Jacobs.
Jan Gerber

Embattled former Crime Intelligence boss Peter Jacobs and key figures in what was his management cohort could face a criminal investigation relating to a R100 million splurge on shadowy spying equipment which – after nearly two years – has never been used.

Before Jacobs and five other high-ranking officers were suspended in December 2020, the cop spook outfit had grand plans to modernise their arsenal of spying equipment and were prepared to spend. This saw the procurement of sophisticated eavesdropping devices, drones and covert vehicles.

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