‘Hawk’ suspended for ‘taking cash’

2011-06-22 09:09

A deputy head of the Hawks unit in Mpumalanga has been served with a notice of suspension after he was charged for stealing cash from a suspect.

Colonel Obert Ngwenya will have to answer to his seniors in the directorate of priority crimes investigations in Pretoria on Friday on why he should not be suspended in order to be charged for misconduct.

Ngwenya allegedly stole R1 800 from Shelley-boy Sibanyoni after arresting him in April for allegedly bombing an ATM in Siyabuswa.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said criminal proceedings against Ngwenya had begun this week.

“We served him with a notice to suspend, and he will have to make a presentation to us on Friday on why he should not be suspended,” Polela said.

“Other than that, I would rather not say much about this case,” he added.

Polela said Ngwenya was charged with theft and had appeared in the Siyabuswa Magistrates Court on Monday.

He was released on warning and the case was postponed to July 8 in order to give him a chance to study the docket.

City Press has obtained an affidavit that Sibanyoni wrote at Siyabuswa police station.

Sibanyoni told City Press that he gave Ngwenya the cash after he was arrested.

“I gave him R1 800 to give to my brother when they arrested me. When I was released, my brother said he did not get the money. I phoned Ngwenya, but he hung up. It was only when I phoned again to inform him that I will be laying a charge that he apologised and asked me to text my bank details,” Sibanyoni said.

“He however deposited R900,” he added.

In another incident, Ngwenya is also being investigated for the abuse of state resources.

It is alleged that he gave a vehicle belonging to the Middelburg detectives’ unit to an officer to deliver a letter to the wife of one of his colleagues.

In the letter Ngwenya told the woman that her husband, who is one of his colleagues, was having an affair with Ngwenya’s wife.

The SA Police Union has lodged a formal complaint with Mpumalanga police commissioner Lieutenant General Thulani Ntombela and requested disciplinary action against Ngwenya.

The union did an investigation and attached all evidence in the correspondence that it sent to Ntombela.

Polela said he did not know anything about this case.

Ngwenya declined to comment.

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