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Phiyega: Hawks in capable hands under acting heads

The police commissioner says the unit’s crime-fighting abilities are not affected by its leadership battles.

FILE. National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega says the Hawks' crime-fighting abilities have not been affected by instability in the unit's leadership.

The national and Gauteng provisional heads of the Hawks are currently filled by acting incumbents.

The police ministry accuses generals Anwa Dramat and Shadrack Sibiya of being involved in the rendition of five Zimbabwean suspects in 2010, despite the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) clearing them of the crime.

Phiyega says under the leadership of Major-General Mthandazo Ntlemeza, the Hawks are in capable hands, despite ongoing legal battles surrounding that post.

"Our agenda hasn't changed an inch. We forge ahead, we are ready, we are raring, we are daring. We are fighting crime and the leaders that are acting have the ability and the capacity."

Phiyega congratulated Ntlemeza on accepting 80 high-performance operation vehicles, which will be delivered to units in every province.

She says the branded cars will improve the Hawks' public profile and improve their ability to fight crime.