His skin is as tough as the bulletproof vests his colleagues wear – it has to be as he’s often accused of being “a puppet”, branded as “useless” or dismissed as having “been captured”.
But the name-calling doesn’t bother Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi in the least. As the public face of the elite crime-busting unit the Hawks, the 49-year-old spokesperson firmly believes the work of the unit is more important than his ego.
“I carry myself as a person with integrity and I don’t involve myself in any form of corruption,” he says. He knows he’s an easy target for critics, but it comes with the territory and it’s water off a duck’s back, he says.