SAPS kicks out Hawks from probe

Sunday World - - Front Page - BATLILE PHA­L­ADI

HAWKS and the South African Po­lice Ser­vice (SAPS) are said to be at each other’s throats over the mur­der case of slain Or­lando Pi­rates and Bafana Bafana goal­keeper Senzo Meyiwa.

We are made to be­lieve that the SAPS have since el­bowed out mem­bers of the elite crime-fight­ing unit from Meyiwa’s case with­out any ex­pla­na­tion.

The Hawks were work­ing on the case and mak­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress. When the SAPS handed over the case to the Hawks, we for­mu­lated a team that con­sisted of de­tec­tives from the SAPS and the Hawks but, all of a sud­den, the Hawks were re­moved from the case,” said a top-placed source within the Hawks.

Sun­day World un­der­stands that the docket was re­quested from Gaut­eng Hawks boss Ma­jorGen­eral Prince Mokotedi by Ma­jorGen­eral Kotsi Nkomo, who is the SAPS s divi­sional com­mis­sioner of de­tec­tive ser­vices in Pre­to­ria. Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, there was a lot of ev­i­dence we gath­ered that the po­lice have missed. We even had po­ten­tial wit­nesses who were go­ing to help us find the per­pe­tra­tors but, all of sud­den, the Hawks were re­moved from the case.” How­ever, Act­ing Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Kho­motso Phahlane rub­bished the claims as mis­lead­ing. Bot­tom line is, the docket was reg­is­tered at the po­lice sta­tion. It has never been moved around,” said Phahlane.

He ad­mit­ted that a joint Hawks and SAPS spe­cial team had been formed to work on Meyiwa’s case.

We formed a multi-dis­ci­plinary team from the Hawks and the SAPS to work on the case, all the in­for­ma­tion you were pro­vided with is just fic­tion,” said Phahlane.

Phahlane also re­fused to com­ment on the progress of the case, say­ing the mat­ter is still un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion and it will not be dis­cussed with the pub­lic”.

In March this year, the elite crime-fight­ing unit re­con­structed the scene of Meyiwa’s shoot­ing, as­sisted by the peo­ple who were present dur­ing the shoot­ing at song­bird Kelly Khu­malo’s fam­ily home in Vosloorus, on the East Rand.

The Hawks’ top of­fi­cial also said that dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the team of de­tec­tives also learned that Senzo was caught in the cross­fire.

Meyiwa was at the wrong place at the wrong time. We dis­cov­ered that it was not a hit. But we can’t make any move fur­ther as the SAPS have re­moved the unit from the case.”

Sun­day World spoke to Hawks spokesman Hang­wani Mu­laudzi, who di­rected all in­quiries to the SAPS. All ques­tions con­cern­ing the case should be di­rected to the of­fice of the act­ing na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner, said Mu­laudzi.

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