The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has taken note of the 26 July 2019, article by the African News Agency (ANA) titled “Intimidation and bullying by authorities is on the rise – SANEF.”
The article, edited by Moses Mudzwiti, alleges amongst other things that the Hawks are intimidating a journalist, Marianne Thamm, to reveal her sources. This allegation is devoid of the truth.
It will be recalled that on 18 June 2019, the Daily Maverick ran an article titled “Top cop implicated in corruption by Nxasana and Booysen appointed acting head of KZN Hawks Organised Crime Unit” by Marianne Thamm.
That article had serious inaccuracies and was seeking to impose its own views, presenting them as true facts.
The Daily Maverick approached the DPCI through a set of questions and they were responded to. Suffice to say the Daily Maverick did not publish all of them.
Based on the 18 June 2019 article, which clearly demonstrated that the journalist had internal communique, Colonel Sthembiso Mhlongo laid a charge in his personal capacity at the Durban Central Police Station. He did not lodge a complaint on behalf of the DPCI.
It is regrettable that the comments by SANEF are inaccurate and lacks balanced reporting. Had the DPCI been consulted, it would have been cleared that the Directorate is not investigating such a complaint by Colonel Mhlongo.
The matter is being investigated by the Detective Service at station level.
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