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Ipid, Acsa work to curb drug smuggling at OR Tambo

Ipid told Parliament’s police committee of a ‘war’ between the police and the Hawks over an alleged drug smuggling scheme at the airport.

FILE: 52kg of seized drugs with a street value of over R15.6m at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg on 20 March 2009. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is working with the Airports Company to curb an alleged drug smuggling scheme by police and Hawks members at OR Tambo International Airport.

Ipid officials told Parliament’s police committee of a so-called ‘war’ between the law enforcement agencies over the drug trafficking operation.

It’s alleged seized drugs worth millions of rand often never make it to evidence.

The murder of a Hawks member - allegedly by a police officer, who then killed himself - is believed to be linked to the scheme.

Ipid head of national investigations Matthew Sisoko said: “We have engaged with Airports Company South Africa on this issue. This is an ongoing investigation and we’re getting information from sources about some of the things that are going on there.”

Sisoko says they are still looking into the matter.

“We hope to crack the case in the near future. Unfortunately, we can’t say how long this investigation is going to take us, but this came out as a result of the death of these two officers.”

(Edited by Refilwe Thobega)

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