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Hawks arrest 170 plus in connection with illegal mining

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The second quarter of the current financial year and ahead of soldiers being roped in, saw the Hawks (DPCI – Directorate for Priority Crime...

Hawks nab 700 in 2022/2023 last quarter

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), known as the Hawks, has made at least 701 arrests with 284 accused people convicted and sentenced...

Consequence management not a DoD priority, PCDMV claims after Hawks investigations

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Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCDMV) believes investigations into financial malfeasance to the tune of R170 million in the Department of...

Hawks investigating fraud and corruption in the Department of Defence involving...

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) are investigating four cases of fraud and corruption in the Department of Defence (DoD) involving almost...

Hawks boss to ensure country complies with FATF after greylisting

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National Hawks head, Lieutenant General Advocate Godfrey Lebeya, says the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) will begin to focus its attention on ensuring...

Hawks, SARS seize R30 million worth of illicit cigarettes

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National Hawks Head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, has commended the Directorate’s Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team for seizing R30 million worth of suspected illicit...

Hawks announces new senior appointments, multiple arrests

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National Hawks head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, has announced a raft of appointments in an effort to bolster the directorate’s capabilities. Among the new recruits...

Hawks operation nets seven illegal miners

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The Hawks in Gauteng have pounced on seven suspects believed to be involved in illegal mining in the West Rand area. Colonel Katlego Mogale, Hawks...

Hawks investigating over 22 400 cases valued at R1.5 trillion

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI/Hawks) is currently probing at least 22 477 cases with a combined monetary value of about R1.5 trillion. The...

Hawks officers, sangoma arrested for theft

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Hawks' National Head, Lieutenant General, Godfrey Lebeya, has expressed disappointment at the alleged involvement of officers from the Directorate in criminal activities. This comes after...

Interpol, Hawks and US Secret Service swoop on cyber-criminals

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A gang suspected of swindling a US-based company of Euro 455,000 (about R7,2 million) was taken down in raids across Johannesburg led by investigators...

Hawks pounce on vessel ferrying R240 million worth of cocaine

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Hawks' National Head, Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya, has lauded his team’s recovery of a 600 kg cocaine cache with a street value of R240...

Trio caught in possession of police blue lights

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An intelligence driven operation has resulted in the arrest of three people who were found in possession of police equipment including blue lights and...

Investigation into R200 million cocaine theft from Hawks offices

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding a break-in at its Serious Organised Crime offices in...

FBI, Hawks net R100 million internet scam suspects

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Eight foreign nationals, aged between 33 and 52, were on Tuesday morning arrested for their links to an alleged R100 million internet scam during...

Eighth SANDF member arrested for cross-border crime

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has arrested a member of the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) for his involvement in cross-border...

Suspect arrested for massive 2020 data breach

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The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation unit has arrested a 36-year-old suspect in Gauteng following the August 2020 data breach at Experian. In a statement,...

Hawks investigating Durban ammunition theft

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While not in its area of responsibility, Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Defence (JSCD) deemed the theft of more than a million rounds of...

Hawks, NPA investigate TRC atrocities

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Perpetrators of heinous apartheid era atrocities that came to light in late 90s’ Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) will soon have to face the...

Hawks intercept R243m drugs haul

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An intelligence driven operation on Tuesday morning saw police successfully slam the brakes on a R243 million drugs consignment in an Isipingo depot, in...

Corrupt former senior Hawks official handed 8-year sentence

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Former deputy Hawks head in KwaZulu-Natal, Simon Mzayifani Madonsela, has been sentenced to eight year imprisonment after he was found guilty on two counts...

EC municipal official arrested for R4.8m COVID-19 irregularities

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The Hawks have pounced on an OR Tambo Municipality official in connection with the COVID-19 Relief Fund tender fraud worth over R4.8 million. Whippery Services...

Hawks pounce on three of their own

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Two senior Hawks officers and a former colleague are expected to appear in court soon after they were this morning arrested for alleged fraud...

Hawks swoop on former State Security Minister

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Member of Parliament MP and former Minister of State Security Bongani Bongo appeared in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Friday on charge of...

ISS: South Africa’s Hawks are preparing to fly

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The absence of arrests and charges against high-level politicians, officials and business people for looting hundreds of billions of rand of public funds in...

Hawks making inroads on high profile cases

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Detectives from the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation are making in-roads on several high profile police cases – from allegations of State...

Hawks imposters arrested

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Three suspects, allegedly impersonating Hawks investigators, were arrested in an undercover operation on Wednesday. The suspects, aged between 33 and 51, with one...

Hawks turn up the heat on high profile cases

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Hawks Head Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya says the elite crime-fighting agency is implementing a turnaround strategy in investigating high profile cases, including...

Hefty sentences for abalone smugglers

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The Hawks in the Western Cape have welcomed the hefty sentences imposed on five suspects who operated an illegal abalone enterprise. The members...

Estina arrests: NPA says it did not hinder work of Hawks

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The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) acting head Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata says contrary to media reports, the National Prosecuting Authority...

ISS: How to free South Africa’s police after state capture

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Now that South Africa has undergone a profound political shift with the appointment of President Cyril Ramaphosa, the hard work of rebuilding...

R3.3 million worth of mandrax seized

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The Hawks' South African Narcotics Enforcement Bureau (SANEB) together with Crime Intelligence conducted an intelligence driven disruptive operation that yielded a discovery...

No political pressure in timing of state of capture arrests –...

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The acting head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) says there was no political interference in the timing of their...

Gupta home raided, pressure on Zuma cranks up

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Armed South African police raided the luxury home of the Gupta family as part of a probe into allegations the brothers had...

Sentence for R100m heist gang welcomed

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The Hawks have welcomed the sentencing of the thirteen accused implicated in one of the biggest cash heists ever carried out in...

Criminal underworld under attack

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South Africa's law enforcement agencies have adopted an approach called the Organised Crime Threat Assessment (OCTA) - devised to target the actual...

Search on for new head of Hawks

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Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says he will embark on a process to fill the permanent vacancy at the head of Hawks. The development...

ISS: Time for the right top cops in South Africa

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The stakes for public safety have never been higher in South Africa. Last year saw 3 119 more murders and 31 000...

Computers stolen from Hawks HQ

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Thieves broke into the headquarters of South Africa's elite Hawks police unit in Pretoria early on Wednesday, making off with hard drives...

Computers stolen from Hawks HQ

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Thieves broke into the headquarters of South Africa's elite Hawks police unit in Pretoria early on Wednesday, making off with hard drives...

Computers stolen from Hawks HQ

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Thieves broke into the headquarters of South Africa's elite Hawks police unit in Pretoria early on Wednesday, making off with hard drives...

SA police minister promises new chief, revamped image for elite police...

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The South African police minister promised to find a new head for the force's Hawks investigative team and address its reputation as...

South Africa’s police minister names new acting head of elite police...

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South Africa's police minister Fikile Mbalula appointed Yolisa Matakata as the acting head of the powerful Directorate of Priority Crime Investigation, known...

South Africa court orders removal of elite police unit chief

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A South African High Court has said the appointment of Berning Ntlemeza as head of an elite police investigation unit is unlawful...

Hawks looking for a helicopter

Specialist crime fighting unit the Hawks has asked Parliament for an extra R100 million to buy a helicopter. The request, made late last...

SANDF says two suspects arrested for theft of weapons from Simon’s...

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Military Police and the Hawks have arrested two suspects in connection with last weekend's theft of arms and ammunitions from the SA...

Seven held in SA for human trafficking, drugs

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Seven people who were arrested this past weekend are facing charges of human trafficking and the possession of drugs, says the Hawks. During...

ISS: Why does SA’s elite corruption-busting agency suffer from a credibility...

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It's a simple question: can the South African Police Service's (SAPS) Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations (DPCI), or the Hawks, as they...

Communities supporting poachers must be targeted – Hawks boss

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Lieutenant General Berning Ntlemeza, head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (better known as the Hawks), wants community involvement with poachers...

Ntlemeza is new Hawks boss

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The police general who has been acting head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks), Major General Berning Mthandazo Ntlemeza...