Hawks chief Godfrey Lebeya has vowed to ensure thorough investigations into high-profile cases, including the Phala-Phala affair involving President Cyril Ramaphosa, despite being understaffed.

Head of “Hawks” Godfrey Lebey. Photo: @SAPoliceService/Twitter

PRETORIA – Hawks chief Godfrey Lebeya has denied claims their investigation is being unduly influenced by politicians.

On Tuesday, Lebeya addressed the media in Pretoria for the first time since taking office in 2018.

He has pledged to ensure thorough investigations into high-profile cases, including the Phala Phala case involving President Cyril Ramaphosa, despite staff shortages.

Over the years, allegations of political interference in the Hawks have come from various sections of society, including political parties such as the Democratic Alliance (DA) and factions of the African National Congress (ANC).

Lebeya said that the accusations are unfounded.

“When we arrest people or investigate, we don’t ask them if they belong to a political party, so we don’t favor anyone from any political party,” Lebeya said.

The Hawks chief also denied claims their investigations were not reaching high-profile figures.

He highlighted that politicians such as former ETekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and ousted ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule were among the more than 23,000 suspects on their radar.

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