The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Hawks are battling it out over the murder case of Senzo Meyiwa.

SAPS pushed out Hawk members from Meyiwa’s case without proper explanation.

“The Hawks were working on the case and making significant progress. When the SAPS handed over the case to the Hawks, we formulated a team that consisted of detectives from the SAPS and the Hawks but, all of a sudden, the Hawks were removed from the case,” said a reliable source within the Hawks.

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Gauteng Hawks boss Major-General Prince Mokotedi was asked to present the docket by Major-General Kotsi Nkomo, who is the SAPS’s divisional commissioner of detective services in Pretoria.

“During the investigation, there was a lot of evidence we gathered that the police have missed. We even had potential witnesses who were going to help us find the perpetrators but, all of sudden, the Hawks were removed from the case,” the source said.

Acting National Police Commissioner Khomotso Phahlane said the claims as misleading.

“Bottom line is, the docket was registered at the police station. It has never been moved around,” said Phahlane.

He admitted that Hawks and SAPS are working together with a newly formed special team to solve Meyiwa’s case.

“We formed a multi-disciplinary team from the Hawks and the SAPS to work on the case, all the information you were provided with is just fiction,” said Phahlane.

Phahlane also refused to comment on the progress of the case, saying “the matter is still under investigation and it will not be discussed with the public”.

“Meyiwa was at the wrong place at the wrong time. We discovered that it was not a hit. But we can’t make any move further as the SAPS have removed the unit from the case,” said a Hawks top official.

All questions directed to Hawks spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi, was re-directed the SAPS.

“All questions concerning the case should be directed to the office of the acting national police commissioner,” said Mulaudzi.

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