Recovery Of Stolen Cape Town SIU Firearm: GOOD Demands Answers From Mayo

GOOD statement by Brett Herron,
GOOD: Secretary-General & Member of Parliament

16 June 2022

The GOOD Party has written an open letter to Mayor of Cape Town Geordin Hill-Lewis after receiving further information of alleged criminality by members of his unlawful policing and/or intelligence structure known as the SIU (or SSIU).

A 9mm Glock pistol stolen from a member of the structure in 2020 was discovered last week in the ceiling of another member, who allegedly committed suicide in mysterious circumstances last year.

We don’t know if the firearm was used in the commission of any crimes, or whether it was placed in the ceiling by the deceased member or planted their by someone else. What we do know is that the firearm was reported stolen, and the member of the unit from whom it was stolen was charged and demoted.

This new information adds to the questions already in the public domain related to the head of the unit, Reynold Talmakkies, who currently faces criminal charges in Mpumalanga and the Western Cape.

According to both the Ministers of Justice and Police the unit is unlawful.

GOOD supports the City of Cape Town’s objectives to devolve more policing powers to Metros. But these powers can’t be illegally grabbed. Organised crime thrives on loopholes and compromises in the criminal justice system.

“When I raised concerns about this unit a few months ago you were quick to react that by challenging its legality I was taking the side of the criminals. It is time for you to take citizens into your confidence and explain exactly who and what you are defending,” GOOD told the Mayor.

Media enquiries:

Brett Herron, GOOD: Secretary-General & Member of Parliament
Cell: 0825183264

Janke Tolmay, GOOD: Media Manager
Cell: 0733671223