With the series of internal criminal characters elements colluding within the crime intelligence unit, the Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has warned the country’s crime intelligence unit that he is going after rogue elements within it, and that they are not immune to the law.

It can reveal that it is suspected that rogue crime intelligence activities are linked to, among other matters, the underworld nightclub security takeover which has resulted in violence around Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Several murders have played out in the Western Cape as a result of this underworld battle.

Rogue elements are also suspected to be at play in the smuggling of police firearms to criminals – a problem at the heart of South Africa’s biggest ever illicit firearm smuggling investigation – as well as the possible spying of top politicians.

 On Tuesday, Mbalula’s spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga told journalist:

“If there are any criminal elements in crime intelligence, the law of this country must bite.

“The minister is aware of rogue elements in crime intelligence.”

South Africa’s intelligence-gathering policing unit has been rocked by several back-to-back scandals.

According to several sources, with close links to crime intelligence, the unit is in disarray.

Sources confirmed that they fear high-level probes are being intentionally derailed by colleagues to protect, among others, politicians who are involved.

They also suspect that targets of their intelligence gathering may actually be protected by other highly influential state figures and that, therefore, their work is futile.

In August, the crime intelligence unit’s acting head Major-General Pat Mokushana was fired He had lacked security clearance.