The waste was revealed in a reply to a parliamentary question. The reply shows that the Department of Police has spent more than R17 million on what the Democratic Alliance (DA) party called “political witch hunts”.The reply shows that South Africa’s police department has spent more than R17 million on what the Democratic Alliance (DA) party called “political witch hunts”.
According to the party, the huntings are targeting individuals “who have fallen out of favour with Jacob Zuma or his acolytes.”
This speaks directly to the politicisation of our law enforcement agencies and the resultant perversion of our criminal justice system,” DA wailed.
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Thereafter, the party highlighted the following as the amounts spent on civil litigation and internal disciplinary proceedings to actualize the “political witch hunt dreams.”
- R3.3 million on Johan Booysen, suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks commander;
- R6.7 million on Robert McBride, director of the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID);
- Almost R6.4 million on Shadrack Sibiya, former Gauteng Hawks head; and
- R829 000 on Anwa Dramat, former national head of the Hawks.
DA indicated that the court, in each of the cases, found there was no case against these individuals; added that the State has lost more than five times in trying to get rid of Booysen on baseless claims; and then, asserted that it’s apparent the Hawks “under the compromised Berning Ntlemeza and at the behest of Nhleko,” is being used to settle political scores and to intimidate those who would speak out against corruption among those in power.
“The money spent on frivolous litigation should rather be spent on improving the performance of the SAPS through better equipping our hard-working officers or providing better training. These amounts wasted on the witch hunts could have been used to appoint 118 constables or 93 sergeants or 111 detectives for a year.
“That these actions are costing taxpayers millions should see both Ntlemeza and Nhleko removed from office. These politically motivated witch hunts continue to compromise the integrity of South Africa’s institutions, and it is time for accountability. The DA will continue to push that action be taken to hold those responsible for perverting justice to be held accountable for their misconduct,” stated the opposition party.