South Africa: Battle for Cape's Police Chief Post Intensifies Amid Turmoil

About 100 residents of Hanover Park blocked streets protesting against gang violence in their community on July 3, 2019.
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Major-General Andre Lincoln is a contender to take over as Western Cape police chief. He leads the unit tackling gangsterism, the province's most crippling problem, but Lincoln's complicated history could see him ruled out for the top job.

A policeman in the running to become the Western Cape's next police chief is embroiled in a two-decade-long legal battle which has left him squaring off against the police ministry and is adding to police friction and infighting in the province.

Major-General Andre Lincoln has a remarkable history in the police which includes having been forced out the service and fighting his way back in.

He now heads the Western Cape's Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) - a critical task team because the province is the most gang-ravaged in the country.

Members of the South African Police Services Anti-Gang Unit. (Photo: SAPS Facebook page)

Lincoln's experience as a gang-buster has, according to sources, put him in the running to become the province's next police chief.

However, past and more current happenings may count against him.

Highlighting tensions within the province's already fraught police service, Lincoln recently revealed that he distrusted three members of his own unit who had been placed in the AGU by...

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