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New Crime Intelligence head and Hawks head will be appointed soon: Mbalula

29 January 2018 - 15:04 By Nico Gous
Police minister Fikile Mbalula.
Police minister Fikile Mbalula.
Image: Nico Gous

Police minister Fikile Mbalula says new heads of the police Crime Intelligence division and the Hawks will be appointed soon.

“[Richard] Mdluli is out … Morris Tshabalala and all other Morris Tshabalalas who are there [at Crime Intelligence] and who have been doing as they wish‚ whatever is the case‚ I think that the new broom will actually clean.”

Former crime intelligence officer Morris “Captain KGB” Tshabalala was dismissed from the police on Monday after allegedly defrauding the crime intelligence secret service account.

Mbalula was his usual fiery self on Monday when he met with communities in Mogale City on the West Rand. He addressed the media outside a dilapidated building before it was demolished. He states unused buildings are used for “criminality and all of that”.

“Old dilapidated buildings‚ which are a general issue in South Africa in the municipalities‚ we said that those buildings must be destroyed.”

Mbalula said similar buildings had been closed down in Mogale City.

He said more than a hundred residents of unoccupied buildings had been arrested.

“Some of them have been arrested in possession of drugs. Some of them have been arrested in possession of illegal property in the form of vehicles. The majority of them don’t have legal documents.”

He said South Africa welcomed foreigners if they were legally in the country‚ but police were addressing the “issue of our porous borders”.

Mbalula said the clean-up operation was not a “helicopter approach” of dropping in and out. “We are going to come back after three months‚ but the operation and the deployment is going to stay.”

He said two local police station commanders in Mogale City had been replaced.

“There has been an implication of police officers who are on the payroll or have been bribed on a daily basis by people who are selling drugs in this area.”

Major-General Fred Kekana has been appointed as the new cluster commander in Krugersdorp.

Mbalula is meeting with community members in Munsieville and would also visit Kagiso to continue the clean-up operation.