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hawksANA reports that acting national head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), Lt-Gen Yolisa Matakata, has expressed concern about the alarming rate at which public officials are continually being found to be in conflict with the law.  

From 1 November 2017 to date, about 92 officials from different government entities across all the provinces had been arrested by the Hawks’ serious corruption crime units for various offences, including corruption, armed robbery, and theft.  Matakata indicated in a statement:  “The breakdown of the perpetrators comprises, among others, 28 police officers, 45 traffic officers, six home affairs and other government officials, including municipalities.  A staggering 34 traffic officers out of 45 are from Limpopo alone.”  She went on to say:  “Disturbingly, Limpopo province has seen a large number of officials being arrested.  Most recently 34 traffic officials and 10 police officials were arrested for corrupt activities, followed closely by Gauteng.”  Matakata said the Hawks’ mandate was to return the trust of citizens in government institutions and to provide accountability.

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