Police Minister Fikile Mbalula appoints Yolisa Matakata as acting Hawks head

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has appointed Major General Yolisa Matakata as the new acting head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks).

Matakata has worked as the Western Cape head and deputy national head of the Hawks.

She has 15 years of experience in Crime Intelligence.

Yesterday the High Court in Pretoria ruled that Berning Ntlemeza must step down as head of the Hawks with immediate effect.

Read: Police ministry unashamed after judges condemn Ntlemeza appointment

According to EWN reporter, Barry Bateman, Mbalula said he hopes to initiate the process to appoint a permanent head soon.

Commenting on his relationship with acting national police commissioner, Khomotso Phahlane, he described their relationship as solid.

Also read: Ipid investigates Phahlane's six luxury vehicles

He [Mbalula] is satisfied that police is on the right track. He is satisfied with leadership.

Barry Bateman, EWN reporter

Mbalula also said he want to tackle the perception that Hawks has a political agenda and police are not doing their work.

Institute for Security Studies senior researcher, Johan Burger, says the way in which the Hawks head is appointed needs to be revised.

We need to find a situation where there is a process in place, perhaps Parliament should play a much bigger role, should ensure that this process is above any reproach.

Johan Burger, Institute for Security Studies senior researcher

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