ISS: Crime Intelligence needs overhaul

The ISS says the Crime Intelligence Unit needs an overhaul to fix the problems which plague it.

Riah Phiyega. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) says a complete overhaul of the police's Crime Intelligence Unit is required to fix the problems which plague it.

On Tuesday, Eyewitness News revealed the unit's acting head, Chris Ngcobo, was suspended with immediate effect over discrepancies with his academic qualifications.

He now also faces a possible charge of fraud.

Ngcobo was deployed to the division last year following the suspension of controversial policeman Richard Mdluli.

The institute's Gareth Newham says he hopes the latest developments mark a watershed moment which will see more officers subjected to more thorough background checks.

"There's a huge problem in the South African Police Services Crime Intelligence division and that will not be solved until there's a complete overhaul of that division."

Furthermore, police aren't confirming it, but it's understood the discrepancy with Ngcobo's qualifications relate to his matric certificate.

The problem was picked up during a renewal of his security clearance.