CAPE TOWN – Cabinet has approved the appointment of advocate doctor Seswantsho Godfrey Lebeya as the national head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks.

On Thursday Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane made the announcement.

Lebeya comes with an impressive record, as he is a career policeman, a former deputy police commissioner, an advocate and having completed his doctorate on organised crime.

The department said, “Lebeya will take over from acting Hawks head Yolisa Matakata.”

He is credentials also include being deputy national SAPS commissioner from February 2011 until May 2016. He has a doctorate in law and has served in the police for more than three decades.

He was one of two senior officers who won a settlement after being illegally fired by former top cop, Riah Phiyega.

He replaces Yolisa Matakata, Matakata was appointed acting Hawks head by former police minister Fikile Mbalula, this is after the court found the Berning Ntlemeza appointment to be unlawful and irregular.

Photo Credit-  EWN

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