Police Minister Bheki Cele says the relationship between factions of the criminal justice system needs to be improved.
Cele was speaking on the Karima Brown Show on Monday.
He shared his views on the state and function of crime intelligence units like the Hawks.
Responding to the apparent 'blame game' played by National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) boss Shaun Abrahams and Hawks head Yolisa Matakata on the matter of state capture investigations, Cele admits the relationship between the two units needs some work.
The relationships of what they call a criminal justice system, starting from the police going to NPA, going down there. There looks like there is a relationship that needs to be fixed especially between NPA and the Hawks.— Bheki Cele, Police Minister
If those can't function in unison,I am telling you the big criminals that steal big money will be laughing all the way to the bank after they have committed corruption and crime.— Bheki Cele, Police Minister
Cele has warned against the politicization of crime intelligence , saying he suspects that law enforcement agencies are being misused by politicians.
We need to steer away from them playing politics of which sometimes is bad blood that they create.— Bheki Cele, Police Minister
If you want politics go and join and campaign like everybody else.— Bheki Cele, Police Minister
The functioning of these structures should not be determined by who is at the head. I heard people saying it looks like President Ramaphosa is pushing hard. It should not be so. They must do their work whether Karima Brown is president or Bheki Cele is president.— Bheki Cele, Police Minister
I suspect strongly, and it could be true, that politicians for their own reason, they abuse and misuse these structures.— Bheki Cele, Police Minister
Those who abuse and misuse. There must be consequences.— Bheki Cele, Police Minister
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