Police still probing ‘visit’ to Public Protector’s office

2011-03-07 09:09

The investigation into a controversial visit by two police officers to the Public Protector’s offices last week was still under way, police said today.

“The investigation is still under way,” said Brigadier-General Nonkululeko Mbatha.

On Wednesday, two police officers arrived at Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s offices.

They asked for a document that featured in a Sunday Times report two weeks ago and which Madonsela’s office said the police themselves handed over to her for her investigation.

It related to allegations that National Police Commissioner General Bheki Cele was caught up in an improper R500 million lease agreement for new police headquarters.

Mbatha would not go into the specifics of the investigation, but said that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa and Cele, who spoke about matters of state regularly, were treating this matter as one of national importance.

Mthethwa has asked Cele for an explanation for the visit.

Madonsela has received an apology from Cele, which she followed up with a request for formal clarification of what happened.

Meanwhile, the Independent Complaints Directorate is assessing a request for an investigation that they received from the African Christian Democratic Party on Friday.

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