Johannesburg - Parliament and police unions have lauded the move by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) to suspend the crime-busting unit's Major-General Zinhle Mnonopi in the wake of allegations by former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas that she tried to force him to sign a false statement.
Police portfolio committee chairperson Francois Beukman said the proactive steps taken by Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya to suspend Mnonopi were necessary and appropriate.
“The Hawks should be at the forefront of dealing with organised commercial crime and serious economic crime investigations. Key in this endeavour would be to strengthen the commercial crime division of the Hawks in terms of leadership and critical skills.”
Beukman said Judge Frans Kgomo, appointed to oversee the Hawks, had an important role to deal with serious complaints.
Members of the public who had their rights negatively affected by illegal conduct or improper investigation by members of the Hawks should without delay lay a complaint with the judge, he said.