Special SAPS unit head probed

The police are facing tricky questions, after a spike in the number of Cash-in-Transit heists. Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - The police are facing tricky questions after a spike in the number of cash-in-transit heists.

Special Task Force head Brigadier Jabulani Khumalo has reportedly stopped deploying members to the high-risk crime unit.

In a 2016 internal audit seen by eNCA, it was found that some members of the Special Task Force, whose job it is to move in on these crimes, were not qualified to be part of the unit.

The audit recommended that a forensic investigation is undertaken.

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No-one knows why the decision to ground the entire unit was taken.

Even Police Minister Bheki Cele was shocked that such a directive was issued.

"I am not going to stand here and discuss individuals of SAPS, the crux of the matter, if there was such a thing, that was corrected," said Cele.

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"That's why you go and look at the statistics on the cash heists starting from June going down because I made a call to the national commissioner that all-hands-on-deck," he said.

Just last week, Lieutenant-General Elias Mawela, who used to be the head of operational response services at the SAPS headquarters, was appointed Gauteng Police Commissioner.

It's believed he was moved from his top position because of his attempts to investigate Khumalo.​​​​​​​