Failures within the police service and criminal justice system have exacerbated the inaction over state capture allegations, says security expert Dr Johan Burger.
Dr Burger says the independence of the Hawks has been compromised because of suspected political influence.
Hawks are almost in disarray in terms of the performance of their primary functions.— Dr Johan Burger, Senior Reseracher at the Institute for Security Studies
He says the Hawks faces uncertainty in terms of its mandate and leadership, which affects the ability for it to urgently investigate allegations.
Burger argues that the police service needs an intervention in order to help the Hawks overcome the current impasse.
He suggest that a special investigative unit, involving the Hawks and Saps, be established to investigate state capture allegations.
Dr Burger says police service needs an intervention. Suggests a special investigative #statecapture task team comprised of Saps and Hawks.— 702 (@Radio702) July 23, 2017
Burger says Police Minister Fikile Mbalula should see to it that investigations are carried out and that public is communicated with.
He should also make it is business to ensure public is informed. That will address the suspicions about the reluctance of Hawks to carry out investigate.— Dr Johan Burger, Senior Reseracher at the Institute for Security Studies
"We need a police service that takes its responsibility seriously and is not influenced by anything else but legal considerations."— 702 (@Radio702) July 23, 2017
"Judicial commission of inquiry into #StateCapture cannot be substitute for criminal proceedings."— 702 (@Radio702) July 23, 2017
Meanwhile, private investigator Paul O’Sullivan says the Hawks needs to demonstrate that they have not been politically captured.
The Hawks have been 'captured' for some time now... For no other reason that to protect people that were involved in corruption and other such crimes.— Paul O’Sullivan, forensic investigator
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