The Democratic Alliance (DA) party says South Africa’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) is nothing but a directorate for political witch-hunt.
DA’s proclamation follows reports which revealed that the Head of the Hawks, Berning Ntlemeza, assigned one lone investigator to the multi-billion rand corruption scandal at PRASA, but dedicated more resources towards the Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan’s issue.
Asserting that the case against the Finance Minister is a “politically motivated witch-hunt”, DA remarked that the revelation points to ANC’s unwillingness to combat corruption.
“This reflects a clear lack of political will on the part of the ANC to tackle large-scale corruption with the Hawks being used as a political hit-squad by President Zuma and his cronies to settle their personal scores,” proclaimed the opposition party.
DA added that Hawks’ business is to investigate serious priority crime like large scale corruption. They are “not an instrument for political witch-hunts to be pointed at all those who stand up to Zuma and his parasitic patronage network,” stated the party.
As such, the party disclosed that it will write to the Chairperson of the Police Portfolio Committee, Francois Beukman. In the letter, DA will request that Ntlemeza be summoned to answer why the necessary resources needed for the investigation into PRASA have not been allocated.
Ntlemeza will also be asked to justify why he allocated “far greater manpower and money to hound Minister Gordhan.”
The party will further request that the investigator assigned to the PRASA case be called before the Transport Committee to report on the progress being made in the investigation.
Meanwhile, Hawks’ boss said he’s not politically connected to anyone but is just fighting crimes.
“I know nothing about politics,” he said. “What I know is the elements of crime. When a case is reported, I will tell you the elements of crime are as follows. And I will be investigating and taking a person to court. I’m a proper policeman,” he intoned.