JOHANNESBURG - The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) has expressed concern regarding confusion reflected in the media over its role in dealing with allegations about an informer who allegedly assisted in an investigation in Eastern Cape.
The DPCI, commonly known as the Hawks, said it believed that it was necessary to set the record straight.
“In June 2018 seven suspects were arrested for conspiracy to rob a reputable butchery in East London. The success was a result of positive information. A number of hijacked vehicles were also confiscated during the operation,” said police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.
On Saturday, the Daily Dispatch ran an article titled: “Informer wants Hawks to pay for helping foil heist” which intensified the call for caution from the DPCI.
“Whilst we respect the media freedom, it is critical that at every stage of this process it must be kept in mind that we are dealing with people’s lives and it is the responsibility of the media not to cross the line,” said Mulaudzi.