Cape Town - The head of police’s Anti-Gang Unit (AGU) André Lincoln has come under fire following a scathing letter he wrote to provincial police commissioner Khombinkosi Jula. In it he asked for the removal of two high-ranking AGU members who sanctioned the botched raid in Samora Machel informal settlement, in which six members of the unit were wounded during a shoot-out.
In the letter, Lincoln said he knew nothing of the raid and that it was approved without any operational plan. The operation was carried out a day after Police Minister Bheki Cele met with Samora Machel residents, and according to Lincoln’s letter was planned “by Colonel Ngubane and Colonel Mkabele” on the same day Cele met with the residents.
Top sources within the police alleged that Jula was running a parallel unit called the major offences reaction team, staffed by associates and friends of his from KwaZulu-Natal.
The officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that since Jula took over as provincial police commissioner following the eight-year jail sentence of his predecessor Arno Lamoer, he had systematically replaced the top brass with KZN officials.
“Jula has appointed close to 30 KZN officers in the top positions and surrounded himself with people close to him. None of our senior police officers were part of the panel who conducted the interviews.