Hawks not quite there

The police conceded yesterday that it could take a year before the Hawks had a full staff complement, after the DA insisted that its commander Anwa Dramat was still the only member of the elite unit.

The police conceded yesterday that it could take a year before the Hawks had a full staff complement, after the DA insisted that its commander Anwa Dramat was still the only member of the elite unit.

Police spokesperson Sally de Beer said members of the defunct Scorpions and other police officers "were all still awaiting finalisation" of their clearance process.

De Beer would not comment on how many members had formally joined the unit since its launch on July 6, saying only that "within 12 months it will be 3500 strong". - Sapa

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