Uncertainty at Hawks may hold back state capture investigations - expert

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

Read: SACP: 'rogue unit' within SA's intelligence services is real

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.

Burger says Police Minister Fikile Mbalula should see to it that investigations are carried out and that public is communicated with.

Also read: 'Hawks must urgently investigate Gupta emails to restore public trust'

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

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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