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Police Ministry to raise profile of DPCI

Retired Judge Essa Moosa has been tasked with the mandate to head the office with a budget of R5 million.

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

CAPE TOWN - Unlike the Hawks, there hasn't been much publicity about the office of the man responsible for keeping the crime fighting unit in check.

Now, Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko is on a mission to change that.

He is on an awareness drive about the office of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) Judge, established several years ago to probe complaints against the Hawks from the public and complaints by Hawks officials of political interference in their investigations.

Retired Judge Essa Moosa has a R5,5 million budget, a handful of employees and a very important mandate.

The Police Ministry is on a mission to spread the word about his role.

Spokesperson Musa Zondi said, "The office of the judge itself did not start in 2013, it started much earlier in 2010. But what has been needing to happen, and this is now happening, is that we need to be able to make South Africans aware of this important office.

"And this office basically is designed to ensure that the Hawks do not exceed their mandate."

The DPCI Judge has appeared before Parliament's Police Portfolio Committee several times since the office was established.

The Hawks has come under public scrutiny in recent weeks as a result of a public spat with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The portfolio committee has encouraged the public to make use of the Judge's office if they have concerns.

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