Durban - The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) is beefing up its KwaZulu-Natal office, and has appointed as its acting KZN head the man tasked with leading the probe of alleged hit squad killings by the now disbanded Cato Manor organised crime unit.
Glen Angus, the directorate’s deputy director of investigations in Mpumalanga, will take over from Baatseba Motlhale, who will return to North West to head the Ipid there.
Motlhale had been appointed to head KZN’s operations in July last year.
The directorate’s national head Francois Beukman said on Friday that five new investigators would be appointed for the current financial year, with more appointments expected over the next two years to strengthen the KZN offices.
He said there was a lot of work to do in KZN.
Angus would continue to lead the Cato Manor task team until the investigation of the unit’s activities was finalised, Beukman said.
“All investigations are virtually concluded – the team is just tying up the loose ends,” he said, adding that the team had been in KZN for the past seven months.
To date the investigations of the alleged hit squad killings had led to the arrest of 18 members of the unit.
They have been charged with more the 70 cases of murder, attempted murder, theft, possession of unlicensed firearms and ammunition and housebreaking with intent to commit murder. Further charges will be added in coming weeks, and the police expect to make more arrests.
The matter is expected to resume in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on August 24.
Beukman said Angus would remain as acting head until the recruitment process for a full-time head in KZN had been finalised. “The Ipid Act prescribes that provincial heads be at the level of chief director. All these posts have been advertised nationally.”
He said Angus brought with him a wealth of experience as an investigator for 26 years.
He worked for the SAPS for 20 years and six years with the Ipid – formerly the Independent Complaints Directorate – including a stint as its deputy provincial head in the Northern Cape.
the Ipid, which has independent oversight of the SAPS and conducts investigations of criminal offences allegedly committed by the police, was committed to finalising all investigations within 90 days of receiving a complaint.
“In terms of Ipid regulations, which came into effect this year, we are also bound to give feedback to complainants every 30 days,” he said.
“Should these time frames not be met, the complainants can escalate their grievances to the acting provincial head,” Beukman said. - Daily News