Police task teams only probe cases with 'no breakthrough'

Concerns have been raised about why only certain cases issue rewards and get special task teams.

A screengrab shows SABC contributing editor, Vuyo Mvoko, being mugged outside Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg during live recording.

JOHANNESBURG - Following questions about the police's treatment of several high profile matters authorities have explained the merits of a case to determine the method of investigation.

Concerns have been raised about the handling of certain cases including under what circumstances they offer rewards and establish special teams.

The cases include the recent murder of Port Elizabeth teacher Jayde Panayohtou, Soweto mother Charlotte Ramohai and the mugging of an SABC crew earlier this year.

Gauteng Deputy Police Commissioner Vincent Leshabane has explained that special teams are only set up when there's no breakthrough in a case.

"It depends on the complexity of the matter but once we can see that there is not breakthrough there, we come in with our crime intelligence, we come in with our communities and our informers."