Retired judge will watch the Hawks
JUDGE Nare Frans Kgomo‚ who retired as Northern Cape judge president in September this year‚ has been appointed to oversee the Hawks, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula announced yesterday.
Kgomo replaces Essa Moosa‚ who died in February.
Kgomo has interacted directly and indirectly with police‚ having served as an interpreter in Brits‚ a district as well as regional magistrate‚ and an advocate in private practice‚ over the course of more than 19 years.
Kgomo previously sat on the South Gauteng Bench‚ where he showed little patience for police officers who had transgressed‚ according to the civil society forum website Judgesmatter.co.za.
Mbalula said he had every confidence that Kgomo could ensure that the Hawks functioned efficiently and in compliance with the law.
“We want to . . . ensure that we are fit and proper in all that we do. There have to be checks and balances in what we do. I have received complaints regarding the Hawks and can now refer them to his office‚” Mbalula said.
Kgomo said he was confident that his background in law‚ court proceedings and prosecutions would stand him in good stead. – Khulekani Magubane