22 February 2024 | 05:10 PM

Listen: Sam Sole talks about amaBhungane’s investigation into police factions in the Western Cape

Cape Town gangs are fighting each other. So what’s new? Cape Town police are also fighting – and the two battles are disturbingly intertwined.

In an interview with John Maytham on Cape Talk, amaBhungane’s Sam Sole said: “It is crucial in this season of state capture, where we recognise other parts of the state that were captured — the role of the Guptas and state owned enterprises, that we remember that state capture started with the capture of the security services. With the police, the intelligence services and the NPA (National Prosecuting Authority). The consequences of those battles are still working their way through and they’re still apparent even in the fight between Bheki Cele and Robert McBride.”

“Part of the problem with our intelligence service broadly is they’ve become politicised. Their whole purpose has been to support one faction or another and I think the criminals are celebrating that fact.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Read SAPS Wars Part 1:

The blurry blue line between the cops and the Cape underworld

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Before joining the amaBhungane team in 2017, Micah was the national coordinator for media freedom and diversity at the Right2Know Campaign. He holds a Masters in African Studies from Oxford University and a BA Honours in History from Wits University.

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