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No high treason involved in July riots, says Hawks head
Johannesburg - The head of the Hawks Lieutenant - General Goddrey Lebeya testified at the Human Rights Commision into the July unrest that shook Kwa-Zulu Natal and Gauteng, saying their investigations do not show any high treason.
Lebeya told the commission that the Hawks are leading the investigation into locating the masterminds of the unrest and explained that this was being done by not only the directorate but by the intelligence community and information that can comes from the ordinary people.
In his answer to the question of high treason by masterminds, he said some of the instigators may be considered as influential considered masterminds while some of the masterminds may not be necessarily close to those executing the directions that come.
“The masterminds and the instigators are more or less in the same category. It might be a matter of how you distinguish which is more influential than the other,” said Lebeya.
He said that the Hawks did consider the activities that played out during the July unrest as national priority offences, and that each activity will be dictated by the nature of the acts that were done.
“The investigations that the DPCI is seized with involve those that we consider to be instigators and as the DPCI we have got 24 matters that have been registered,” he said.
Of these Lebeya said seven are criminal cases already in court were seven accused persons are in court, with several dates from now until next year.
“Five of these matters that form part of the docket , those are still under investigation we have not yest arrested anybody a submission has not yet been made to prosecute
We are not only dealing with these matters in terms of the forum that I chair , we are dealing with the instigations. There are other matters that are handled by the detectives and forensic services of the greater SAPS,” he said
He said that members of the Hawks were involved during the July unrest according to their mandate.