Police watchdog, the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID), has joined a growing list of authorities dodging questions over claims that gangs and police in the Cape are colluding.

Last week – the Western Cape Police Oversight and Community Safety Department raised concerns about IPID’s silence over the damning allegations.

More than a year ago High Court Judge Daniel Thulare exposed the potential links suggesting that the 28s gang has access to the police’s sensitive operations and reports.

Police Oversight and Community Safety MEC Reagen Allen says he engaged IPID immediately after the 2022 October judgement and in mid-January 2023, IPID committed to ‘continuously’ update his office.

But 11 months later, they’re still waiting.

After Allen shared that, HeartFM News also approached IPID for a response. But a week later, the newsroom still has not received any response.

In the meantime, gang violence continues unabated in the Cape, and every week residents, especially children fall in the crossfire from gun battles between gangs who appear to act with impunity.

MEC Allen has promised that they will pursue this until police officers with ties to gangsters are held accountable … and so will HeartFM News.