The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) and the Hawks have committed themselves to joining forces in the fight against corruption within the policing bodies of the country.
Head of Ipid, Robert McBride, and the acting head of the Hawks, General Yolisa Matakata, met to discuss cooperation between the entities in Pretoria.
“The Hawks and Ipid have a common enemy and more can be achieved through working together than by working against each other”, said Matakata.
“As the Ipid, we are fully committed to investigate without any fear, favour or prejudice”, added McBride. “There will be no agendas in our investigations.”
The announcement comes after allegations emerged against acting National Police Commissioner of the South African Police Services (Saps), Khomtso Phahlane, stating he received money in exchange for tenders during his tenure as head of Forensic Serivces.
Phahlane’s lawyer continues to deny these allegations, however according to the leading investigative body, the Ipid, Phahlane has shown little cooperation and could be connected to a series of death threats aimed at Ipid officers.
However, the cooperation initiative could help cement General Matakata’s position in what has become a veritable leadership struggle within the Hawks management.
Former Hawks head, Berning Ntlemeza, has shown little signs of slowing down a proverbial fit to make sure he does not abide by a court order which relieved him of his post.
All the while, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has commended the efforts by these two bodies and has expressed that they will be integral to his plans to improve the police services in the country.
Yet, a move to increase focus on internal corruption of the Saps and other policing bodies will not lend to increasing good police morale; an aspect which Mbalula states is needed for his plans to be achieved.
More meetings are scheduled to occur between the two institutions to identify areas of potential joint investigation.