The Hawks may not be flying at capacity, but the crime-fighting unit’s leadership says it is working towards filling around 1 500 posts as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, Hawks boss Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya revealed that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), as the unit is officially known, is operating at only 52% capacity.

Lebeya also announced that 244 officials – ranging from junior to middle management – were recently appointed to fill the vacancies.

In addition, several senior posts have also been filled, including that of Lebeya’s deputy.

Lieutenant-General Siphesihle Nkosi started in the post on 1 November. 

“General Nkosi has an immense experience in fraud and commercial crime investigation,” Lebeya said. 

“In addition to several certificates behind his name, he holds a National Diploma in Police Administration, two honours degrees in Bachelor of Technology in Poli

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