Godfrey Lebeya, the wingless Hawk


Godfrey Lebeya, the wingless Hawk

The head of the Hawks has a massive problem: how to oversee a criminal investigation into his own political boss. Does the man who was expected to breathe new life into the Hawks have the courage and independence to do it without fear or favour? Not if his conduct thus far is any indication, says JACQUES PAUW.

EARLIER this year, a hot potato landed on the polished desk of the head of the Hawks, Lt-Gen Godfrey Lebeya: it was a docket identifying the suspects as police minister Bheki Cele and businessman Roux Shabangu.

The docket includes allegations of fraud and corruption going back more than a decade to Cele's two-year tenure as Jacob Zuma's first police commissioner.

The Hawks should have investigated the case 10 years ago but didn't. The National Prosecuting Authority's (NPA) Investigative Directorate (ID) found the docket late last year but also didn't want it and sent it back to the Hawks. Now the investigation has to start again...

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