Cop intelligence boss lied about having matric

2014-12-14 15:00

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An internal probe into suspended national crime intelligence head Major General Chris Ngcobo has found he “consistently lied about having a matric certificate”.

Ngcobo was found guilty of lying several times when he applied for promotion in the police service.

On Friday, he lost a bid to challenge his suspension in the labour court.

Court documents obtained by City Press show Ngcobo was found guilty on October 28 of offences relating to misrepresentation.

“[Ngcobo] misled the employer regarding his qualifications and claimed to have a Standard 10/Grade 12 qualification, which he does not have,” said Major General Jacob Tsumane in a sworn affidavit.

He said Ngcobo was warned to appear before the panel on November 4, but failed to do so.

The matter was postponed to November 13 so Ngcobo could give evidence in mitigation, but he failed to arrive, said Tsumane.

According to sources with knowledge of the hearing, at the time Ngcobo claimed to have obtained his matric certificate, he was out of the country.

“Another discrepancy was that at the time he claimed to have matric, he was only 14 years old, which is highly unlikely,” said a source.

After his nonappearance at the November 13 hearing, Gauteng police commissioner Lesetja Mothiba – who chaired the inquiry – removed Ngcobo from the police’s payroll and summoned him again.

According to court documents, “that was after the hearing suspected he was delaying his discharge from the police service”.

Ngcobo rushed to the labour court on Friday seeking an urgent interdict compelling Minister of Police Nathi Nhleko, Mothiba and National Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega to reinstate his salary.

Ngcobo also asked the court to declare his suspension “unlawful and irregular”, citing procedural flaws. But he lost the bid after Acting Justice Phillip Mokoena struck the matter off the roll “due to lack of urgency”.

Insiders say Ngcobo is on a collision course with Phiyega, who he has accused of defeating the ends of justice.

This was after Phiyega allegedly tipped off Western Cape commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer about an investigation against him.

Insiders who support Phiyega accuse Ngcobo of being part of a smear campaign that is aimed at toppling her.

Former national police commissioner Bheki Cele, his predecessor, Tim Williams, and Gary Kruser, former head of procurement in the SA Police Service, have come out in support of Ngcobo.

The three made submissions to the disciplinary hearing, saying that Ngcobo, as a former Umkhonto weSizwe combatant who was commissioned into the police in 1994, was not required to possess or produce a matric certificate, or any qualifications to qualify for employment when the integrated police force was established.

“I was fully aware Major General Ngcobo did not possess a matric qualification when I promoted him from the rank of brigadier in 2010,” Cele said in his affidavit.

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