A January 2020 internal SAPS record of communication with regard to the personal security of Anti-Gang Unit Section Head, Charl Kinnear, details grave concern for his personal safety, so much so that he was transferred out of the unit back to his ‘station of origin’ in Sea Point.

The information is contained in a five-page memorandum dated 27 January 2020 detailing discussions between Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General, Yolisa Matakata, and AGU head, Major General Andre Lincoln, and is a written record of “the current situation with regard to Lieutenant Colonel Kinnear”.


Charl Kinnear, who was heading a nationwide investigation into a massive firearms racket involving corrupt cops and implicating alleged underworld boss, Nafiz Modack, had received several threats to his life. 


When a media outcry ensued after Kinnear’s protection was removed in December 2019 and as his family faced increased pressure, Lincoln recommended that Kinnear be transferred out of the AGU and back to Sea Point.