Premier Alan Winde says the report – probing allegations of ties between gangs and police – is imminent.
Years-long rumours suggesting these ties exist, came to the fore in the Western Cape High Court last month.
While handing down a judgement, Judge Daniel Thulare claimed that the 28s gang had been colluding with provincial police management — gaining access to sensitive police operations and documents.
“This is a very serious allegation but also links to the many rumours and issues raised by community members over time – who always say that there’s seems to be some kind of linkage and that’s why we not getting crime under control, or not bringing specifically gangsterism and drugs under control.”
– Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier
Winde approached the provincial police ombudsman to probe these claims, and it has advised that the investigation is at an advanced stage.
“Investigators within the Western Cape Police Ombud’s office… are busy working on [the report] as quickly as possible, and that report is imminent. I look forward to it, so that I can then apply my mind as to a way forward.”
At the same time, provincial Police Oversight MEC, Reagan Allen, says he will do everything in his power to address criminal activity within SAPS.
Allen says the provincial government will not stand for this.
– Reagen Allen, Western Cape Community Safety and Police Oversight MEC