IPID FILES ON POLICE: ‘Kinnear case officer went over and above duties’ — Hawks head Godfrey Lebeya hits back

2022/06/27 23:45:00

Daily Maverick reported last week that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate found that two Hawks cops should be criminally charged for failing to act when Cape Town detective Charl Kinnear’s cellphone was illegally tracked before his ...

Daily Maverick reported last week that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate found that two Hawks cops should be criminally charged for failing to act when Cape Town detective Charl Kinnear’s cellphone was illegally tracked before his ...

Daily Maverick reported last week that the Independent Police Investigative Directorate found that two Hawks cops should be criminally charged for failing to act when Cape Town detective Charl Kinnear’s cellphone was illegally tracked before his assassination. Hawks’ head Godfrey Lebeya, however, says there is ‘ignorance’ about how officers conduct investigations.

Daily Maverick) attached to the Hawks be criminally charged with defeating the course of justice.It was found they “acted unlawfully and criminally” in failing to act on information they had, and this “resulted in the killing of the late Lieutenant Colonel Kinnear”.

Ipid’s report further stated: “DPCI Gauteng had failed to initiate a criminal investigation into the illegal monitoring of the late Lieutenant Colonel Kinnear’s cell phone, as the investigation revealed that DPCI had knowledge of the person or particulars of the person or persons involved in the illegal monitoring of the late Lieutenant Colonel Kinnear’s phone/movements.

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that in a final report dated May 2022, into why police did not act properly to prevent Kinnear’s murder, Ipid recommended that two officers (a major-general and a warrant officer whose identities are known to Daily Maverick ) attached to the Hawks be criminally charged with defeating the course of justice.The rescued victims will be kept at a place of safety.The rescued victims will be kept at a place of safety.Mahlubandile Nqoma and Theophillus Mncedi Pato, both 49, are accused of swindling unsuspecting victims out of hundreds of thousands of rand.

It was found they “acted unlawfully and criminally” in failing to act on information they had, and this “resulted in the killing of the late Lieutenant Colonel Kinnear”. Ipid’s report further stated: “DPCI Gauteng had failed to initiate a criminal investigation into the illegal monitoring of the late Lieutenant Colonel Kinnear’s cell phone, as the investigation revealed that DPCI had knowledge of the person or particulars of the person or persons involved in the illegal monitoring of the late Lieutenant Colonel Kinnear’s phone/movements. Hawks spokesperson Col Katlego Mogale said 39 victims, including adult men, seven women and nine children under the age of five, were rescued from a farm in eMakhazeni (Belfast) in Mpumalanga on June 24 during a multi-disciplinary operation by members of the Nelspruit serious organised crime unit and the flying squad, together with officials from the departments of labour and home affairs. “DPCI had sufficient and prima facie evidence at hand to have applied for a search and seizure warrant to stop the illegal monitoring, seized equipment and ensure that the ongoing crime being committed against the state was neutralised. “Through further information gathered at the scene, it was established the modus operandi entails the victims being brought into SA in a taxi from Mozambique until Lydenburg (Mashishing), where the son of the farm owner and one trafficker allegedly meet the taxi driver and pay.” It also made scathing findings against Hawks head Lebeya. The victims will then allegedly be taken to the farm for labour. “[He] failed to ensure that the DPCI members implicated investigate the threat against the state and therefore failed to protect the national interest or security of the state,” Ipid’s report said. “The matter was reported to the Hawks and investigations were done which culminated in the arrest of the duo.

‘Over and above call of duty’ Lebeya, without confirming what was said in the report — which he said was not necessarily meant to be in the public domain — responded: “The DPCI is concerned that the information is silent about the findings of another high-level investigation which found that the Warrant Officer from the DPCI acted in accordance with prescribed framework. “More arrests are expected," said Mogale. “More arrests are expected," said Mogale. “The report also found that he is the one who initiated measures to transmit the information regarding the threat in relation to the illegal pinging.” It was not clear what other investigation Lebeya was referring to.” TimesLIVE. Brigadier Mbambo, on behalf of Lebeya, said it “is evident that the member went over and above his call of duty to alert the relevant authorities of the imminent threat [to Kinnear]. Just R20 for the first month.” 24 suspects arrested in sprawling investigations The Hawks had also made several arrests relating to organised crime, which in turn linked to Kinnear and cases he had been investigating. TimesLIVE.

“May it be known that the DPCI has so far arrested 24 suspects related to these gang activities, and that two of these have already been convicted in a court of law,” Mbambo said. “The other accused are appearing in court on several charges including a pattern of racketeering activities.” Among those arrested were , as well as Zane Kilian who is believed to have pinged Kinnear’s cellphone. In April, .