THE Hawks and Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) have joined hands to fight corruption.
The collaboration follows a turbulent period where the heads of both organizations were at each other’s throats.
Acting head of Hawks Yolisa Matakata and IPID head Robert McBride met on Tuesday to strengthen cooperation between the two entities.
Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said both the DPCI and the IPID are the apex corruption fighting institutions in South Africa, and in order for the fight against corruption to be won, there is a need for closer cooperation and joint investigation in some cases.
“The Minister of Police, Mr Fikile Mbalula has also stressed the need for stability in the Criminal Justice Cluster, especially within the policing environment. Both General Matakata and Mr McBride are committed to the rule of law and upholding the Constitution. They both committed to lend support to each other in whatever way necessary in pursuit of the common cause, which is to fight corruption within and outside police ranks,” he said.
The two found it necessary to establish contact in view of the important roles played by their institutions.
He said there was a realisation from both sides that the institutions need to work in a collaborative fashion to maximise their efforts to fight corruption.
McBride indicated that his organisation was committed to carrying out its duties fairly.
“As the IPID, we are fully committed to investigate without any fear, favour or prejudice. There will be no agendas in our investigations,” he said.
Matakata added that they were fighting a common enemy and they could achieve more if they worked together.
“The Hawks and the IPID have a common enemy and more can be achieved through working together than by working against each other,” she said.