‘Misleading evidence’: top cop awaits report

2012-05-26 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni will hold off commenting on a board of inquiry’s scathing criticism of her until its report is officially made public.

Speaking to the Weekend Witness last night, Ngobeni said she had not yet had access to the report of the board of inquiry into national police commissioner Bheki Cele’s fitness to hold office.

The Witness published details of the full report yesterday, including Cele’s response to the inquiry’s recommendation that he be fired.

While the inquiry related to Cele, the board also took aim at Ngobeni and Lieutenant-General Bonang Mngwenya, the SA Police Service chief operations officer.

It took them to task for their alleged attempt to mislead the board under oath and said “both were very senior police officials from whom one would expect honesty”.

“Once the official announcement is done, please call me, then I shall give you comment” Ngobeni said

Cele, through his spokesperson Vuyo Mkhize, told the Witness that some of the inquiry’s findings with regard to the two women were factually incorrect and amounted to a “monumental blunder”.

He said the report was a “hatchet job” designed to dupe President Jacob Zuma.

Mkhize said Cele was considering all available avenues to challenge the report’s validity, including a possible judicial review.

Mngwenya could not be reached for comment.

Zuma was still consulting and had yet to decide on Cele’s fate, the presidency said.

The man tipped to take over from Cele is former ANC chief whip Nathi Nhleko. — Witness Reporter.

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