'New fleet of cars will improve Hawks public profile'

Mthandazo Ntlemeza says the fleet of new cars will change the public face of the unit.

The Hawks will take delivery of 80 of these. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Acting head of the Hawks Mthandazo Ntlemeza says a fleet of new cars handed over today will change the public face of the unit and improve its crime-fighting capacity.

He was speaking at an event at Hawks headquarters in Pretoria, which was attended by National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega.

The white high-performance golf GTIs are branded with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation's logo.

Ntlemeza says these 80 new vehicles will improve the unit's public profile.

"The vehicles are for operational purposes and will be branded for the citizens of this country to know and identify members of this entity."

He says he wants to see the Hawks leading serious crime investigations from the start.

"If a police officer is killed, I would like to see these vehicles at the scene of the crime together with the flying squad so that they take it from there together."

Meanwhile, police officials have told Eyewitness News that the ongoing battles in the organisation's leading crime-fighting unit are crippling its ability to generate intelligence, which is evident in the police's annual reports.