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Nhleko 'flip-flopping' on re-introduction of gang & drug units

The Western Cape Community Safety MEC has criticised the police minister over specialised units.

FILE: Minister of Police Nkosinathi Nhleko: Picture: GCIS.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Community Safety MEC Dan Plato has accused Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko of 'flip-flopping' on the re-introduction of gang and drug units in the South African Police Service (Saps).

In May, Nhleko said that his department would be placing a stronger emphasis on the need to review specialised units in the coming financial year.

But in a written reply to a parliamentary question, Nhleko said there was no intention in the 2015/2016 Annual Performance Plan to reintroduce specialised units.

Plato believes these are contradictory statements.

His spokesperson Ewald Botha said, "They officially requested the Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille, to table the matter of re-introducing the specialised units at the President's Coordinating Council; as no delays can be accepted any longer on this matter."

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