Police Minister Nathi Nhleko has hit out against police critics who have referred to senior officers as ‘apartheid police’.
During a press conference in Pretoria, Nhleko replied that the remarks are malicious and unfair.
There is speculation that Nhleko was defending Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza from comments previously made by the South African Communist Party (SACP), reports EWN's Barry Bateman.
It does relate to criticism by referring to Ntlemeza as security branch policeman from the apartheid era, as part of the criticism of the current investigations that are being conducted by the Hawks.— Barry Bateman, EWN reporter
According to Bateman, Nhleko implies that the black component of the apartheid force were not there willingly.
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