Parly questions Hawks and Ipid on state capture investigations

There is some movement on investigations and prosecutions arising from the lengthy final report of the Zondo commission into state capture – but not much. In mid-June the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) and the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) briefed the parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Police on progress made in their investigations. Present Read more >

Less-lethal police weapons, when abused, are deadly too

Members of the South African Police Service. Photo: Rubber bullets, tear gas, water cannons, or stun grenades – these are some of the less-lethal weapons police in South Africa use to manage large crowds during unruly protest action. Their colleagues around the world do the same. However, while these weapons are touted as less-lethal, Read more >

Is blood always thicker than water?

Dear Corruption Watch: The head of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate [in Gauteng] has been suspended while being investigated for nepotism. And this is the watchdog for misbehaving police personnel! But I wonder: we are all told of the value of social solidarity, of community members assisting each other to get ahead. Why, then, does Read more >