Advocate Godfrey Lebeya’s  appointment as the head of the Hawks  has been hailed as a good choice.

In a statement on Thursday, chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Francois Beukman, welcomed the appointment.

“General Lebeya is a good and considerate choice. We believe he has the necessary qualifications and experience to lead the Hawks in a new era, where corruption-busting will be the number one priority,” Mr Beukman said.

Mr Beukman further emphasised that General Lebeya has previously served the South African Police Service (Saps) with distinction and has the police credentials to make a success of his new appointment.

The announcement was made by Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane at a media briefing following Wednesday’s cabinet meeting.

Lebeya takes over from Lieutenant General Yolisa Matakata, who acted in the position for over a year. Lebeya was also Deputy National Police Commissioner.

Mokonyane says Lebeya’s appointment will boost crime-fighting.

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