O'Sullivan: Tracker, SAPS deal unlawful

The private investigator claims the tracking company made use of police personnel, vehicles and aircraft.

Private forensic investigator Paul O’Sullivan. Picture: Tara Meaney/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Private investigator Paul O'Sullivan on Tuesday accused Tracker of unlawful conduct in its dealings with the South African Police Service (SAPS).

He claims the private vehicle tracking company has been giving incentives to high-ranking police officials and in turn, the company has benefitted to the tune of around R2,5 billion a year.

The Hawks on Monday c onfirmed they are investigating the allegations that Tracker made use of police personnel, vehicles and aircraft.

O'Sullivan claims Tracker is abusing police resources to track and recover stolen vehicles for its clients at no charge.

"To make sure the deal stays sweet - officers are being rewarded and incentivised for doing the work for that company. You can't go and give overseas trips to senior police officers. Show me one other tracking company that charges people money for work that police do."

But Tracker's Ron Knott-Craig has denied any wrongdoing, saying the partnership benefits both the police and the public.

"There is no financial incentive or reward to any police officers."