FESTERING CONFLICT BETWEEN TWO SPECIALISED UNITS OF SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE

South Africa's Ministry of Police has described as unfortunate the fact that the name of the Police Minister, Nathi Nhleko, has been raised in the ongoing spat between the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation of the South African Police Service (SAPS), more commonly called the Hawks.

The statement from the Ministry Tuesday came after the head of the IPID, Robert McBride, accused Nhleko of spearheading a campaign to discredit him. The IPID is an agency of the South African government responsible for investigating complaints against the SAPS and municipal police services.

McBride has refused to provide a warning statement to the Hawks.

The ongoing spat between IPID and the Hawks could tarnish the public's confidence in law enforcement agencies.

Analysts say almost half of the victims of crime have no confidence in the police.

Last week, IPID investigators made Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza sign a warning form.

This week, McBride refused to present himself to the Hawks offices also to sign a warning form.

The Police Ministry says it would rather focus on combating crime than engaging in feuds with IPID.

The Hawks are investigating nine allegations against McBride. They include conspiracy to murder and treason which were allegedly committed when he was head of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police.

The Hawks deny there is a plot against McBride, spearheaded by the Police Minister and Hawks Head Berning Ntlemeza

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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