Police chief’s order sparks fear of crime info crackdown

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Police chief’s order sparks fear of crime info crackdown

FREE TO READ | Critics say the move will make facts harder to obtain, but the SAPS insists it will enhance communication

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A national instruction from police chief General Khehla Sithole ordering the centralisation of all crime communication has sparked fears of an information clampdown.

The instruction, which police say will “enhance” communication, was issued two weeks ago to all provincial police commissioners, the  Hawk’s national head, Lt-Gen Godfrey Lebeya, and to the ministry of police’s chief of staff.

Contained in a circular, titled “Media communication in the South African Police Service and the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation [Hawks]”, Sithole’s order reveals how discussions around the new communication strategy were held at a ministerial crime retreat during the first weekend of October...

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