25 May 2018

South Africa: Godfrey Lebeya, Hawks' New Boss, Is Bad News for Organised Crime

The welcome announcement on Thursday of the appointment of Dr Seswantsho Godfrey Lebeya to head the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) comes at a critical juncture in turning the tide of the endemic corruption of the Zuma years. Lebeya, once sidelined by former SAPS National Commissioner Riah Phiyega, is highly respected but will have his work cut out for him rebuilding a directorate eviscerated by his predecessor, Berning Ntlemeza.

Former Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mduli may have been put out to pasture with a handsome stash of cash, including around R8.3-million he earned while on suspension since 2011, but traces of his ruinous tenure still linger.

But hopefully not for very much longer.

The announcement on Thursday of the appointment of Advocate Seswantsho Godfrey Lebeya as head of the dangerously declawed DPCI has sent a ripple of fear through the WhatApp group of former Zuma cronies, the people who have wreaked havoc in the criminal justice system.

It was because of Mduli, who was close to Jacob Zuma, that Lebeya was sidelined by Phiyega in 2014 while he oversaw an internal investigation into maladministration in the Crime Intelligence...

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