The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed the appointment of Major General Isaiah Jabulani Zikhali as KwaZuluNatal Hawks boss.
Controversial head of the National Directorate for Priority Investigation (commonly known as the Hawks) Mthando Berning Ntlemeza announced the appointment earlier this month following the suspension of KZN Hawks boss Johan Booysen.
Booysen was suspended over corruption and racketeering allegations, including heading a death squad while he was the manager of the Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crimes Unit. The charges were initiated by then acting National Director of Public Prosecutions Advocate Nomgcobo Jiba,
The DA’s shrill cry comes after cabinet’s endorsement of the new boss on Thursday. The opposition expressed shock over Major General Isaiah Jabulani Zikhali’s appointment, irresepctive of the fact that Booysen was just suspended and not fired.
They described the appointment as “irregular and a move to settle political scores” against opponents.
“This smacks of irregularity and is a yet another twist in the political plot to get rid of MajorGeneral Johan Booysen at all costs. This is because Booysen remains on suspension as the KZN Hawks Head following multiple failed attempts at a political witch hunt,” DA’s Zakhele Mbhele lamented.
The opposition spokesperson vowed to drag police minister Nathi Nhleko to Parliament’s portfolio committee on police to explain the appointment of Zikhali.
He said it’s crystal clear that Hawks boss Ntlemeza, at the behest of Nhleko, is using the elite unit to “settle political scores and to intimidate those who would speak the truth about corruption to those in power.”
Mbhele disclosed that the long-running battle in KZN Hawks has cost taxpayers more than R1.7 million due to vexatious litigation. This money, he said would have helped the masses in many ways.