Unabridged statement: Ministry of Police on the Hawks

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CAPE TOWN – 02 June 2010.   ”Fight against corruption: To seek.  To find.  To succeed.”  This is the motto of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), otherwise known as the Hawks; and indeed if history is anything to go by, this unit has enforced its motto with great success on criminals in the past months of its existence.

“The Hawks have continued to become a major nemesis to criminals in and around South Africa.  We are proud that in their short period of existence, they have finalized a total of 27 412 of the cases investigated while achieving a conviction rate of 29,11% in terms of the police formula,” stated Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa today.
“Notably, the SBV security company has also publicly commended the Hawks for their sterling job in crashing most of the cash-in-transit (CIT) crimes.  The company indicated that in the first four months of 2010, CIT robberies had dramatically gone down by 60% while attempted CITs were down by 29% around the country.”

The achievements came at a time when, operationally and administratively there are still some processes that are being finalised.  One of the areas identified which is currently being addressed is the vetting of all employees.  There are a total of 38 employees of the DPCI who were transferred from the National Prosecuting Authority who have been vetted to date.  The total number of Hawks employees who have been vetted already is 483 excluding those mentioned above and a process has been put in place to speed this up.

The investigations with regard to the 8 186 persons, who were arrested for commercial crime 122 arrests, were initiated by the Scorpions.  Furthermore all the other cases for commercial crime and the arrest of the arrests of 28 of the 50 most wanted criminals were commenced by the Hawks.
“We are also encouraged that none of the cases transferred to the DPCI from the Directorate of Special Operations (formerly Scorpions) have been dropped,” concluded the Minister.

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Zweli Mnisi, Ministerial Spokesperson 082 045 4024