Mntambo feels the heat

2013-11-02 00:00

THE heat is turning up on KwaZulu-Natal Community Policing Forum chairperson Desmond Mntambo, whose criminal record Weekend Witness exposed last week.

Last week, we revealed how Mntambo, as the province’s top ranking safety civilian, had a criminal record and had not been security vetted by the police. Mntambo, as the chairperson of the CPF, sits in on high-level security and crime-fighting strategy meetings.

Mntambo denied the allegation and claimed to be a victim of a conspiracy.

This week, members of the province’s priority crimes task team initiated an investigation into Mntambo’s appointment.

Mntambo has refused to co-operate with the police, a source claimed.

The source said Mntambo had been asked to meet with police and supply his identity number and fingerprints, but had refused to do so.

Mntambo did not want to comment this week.

Weekend Witness has obtained documents detailing his criminal past and has separately corroborated the information with an independent law enforcement source.

He has been convicted — and even sentenced to jail time and lashes — for crimes including culpable homicide, theft, robbery, and possession of drugs.

In the face of Weekend Witness’s information last week, Safety and Security MEC Willies Mchunu launched an immediate investigation into Mntambo’s appointment.

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