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Richard Mdluli: a comprehensive timeline

Can’t get your head around the convoluted saga of suspended police crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli? Let’s start from the very beginning … 2012 26 June 2012 – New national police commissioner General Riah Phiyega appoints Major General Chris Ngcobo as acting head of Crime Intelligence and Protection and Security Services. 17 June 2012 – Read more >

Corruption Watch fights Hawks Bill in parliament

Corruption Watch and its partner organisations remained firm in their stance in parliament this week, voicing opposition to the Hawks being located within the South African Police Service (SAPS). The joint presentation by Corruption Watch, the Open Society Foundation and the Legal Resource Centre was delivered during the final round of submissions on the SAPS Read more >

Fixing the Hawks Bill

5 April – Parliament has again come under fire over the draft South African Police Service Amendment Bill, also known as the Hawks Bill, which was tabled on 1 March. Both civil society organisations and constitutional law experts have voiced their opposition to much of the Bill, arguing that it is not only inadequate but Read more >

Is new police watchdog facing old problems?

By Chantelle Benjamin Researchers into law enforcement are concerned that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), a new police watchdog set to replace the existing Independent Complaints Directorate in April, is not sufficiently resourced or structured to deal effectively with corruption and other crimes. According to Gareth Newham of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), Read more >

Watchdog body a hit with public

In its first month, Corruption Watch received 500 complaints from the public, the organisation said yesterday. Complaints about municipalities, traffic officers and the health sector featured the most prominently. The non-profit organisation was started by Cosatu in January. About a third of the cases involved industrial relations and consumer issues. It also received service complaints. Read more >