Expert: Dubious top leadership makes SA law enforcement agencies more vulnerable

The appointment of questionable leadership has contributed to the destabilisation of law enforcement agencies, says crime and justice expert Gareth Newham.

Newham says the poor credibility of leadership at the SA police service (Saps), Hawks and NPA undermines morale and performance.

He adds that dubious top leadership appointments increases the potential for corruption and collusion to creep in at state institutions.

We've seen chaos at some the institution because of exceedingly poor appointments at the highest levels of the police and Hawks, for example.

Gareth Newham, head of the governance, crime and justice division of the Institute for Security Studies

Newham says the recent string of break-ins at crime-fighting offices could compromise investigations and the safety of investigators and prosecutors.

For this to happen so often in quick succession, it is deeply concerning.

Gareth Newham, head of the governance, crime and justice division of the Institute for Security Studies

There clearly seems to be some group, or group of individuals are targeting our crime-fighting agencies and trying to steal information.

Gareth Newham, head of the governance, crime and justice division of the Institute for Security Studies

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