Ngobeni lashes critics

2014-12-18 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni has lashed out at people who have called her re-appointment “inexplicable”.

Ngobeni responded to an IFP statement that called her incompetent and said people were selective in their judgment of her and her work.

Ngobeni‘s contract as the KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner was renewed for another five years last month by national police commissioner Riah Phiyega.

“People must understand that I work in a team comprising different formations such as crime intelligence and detectives. We do not work alone,” she said.

Ngobeni added that people had been selective when it came to judging her performance and said her team had done good work over the past five years.

Ngobeni said she had first been appointed during the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup when things were particularly “hectic”.

“I came with my skills and knowledge and with my team and the World Cup was a success,” she said.

Ngobeni said people could not judge her on crime alone as there were many more components to her job.

“I deal with issues of crime, issues of stability and issues of governance and I find it strange that people are being so selective.

“Why are people only commenting now when I have been re-appointed,” she questioned.

Ngobeni had previously been linked to businessman Thoshan Panday, who allegedly forked out thousands of rands for her husband Brigadier Lucas Ngobeni’s birthday party while he was facing a raft of corruption charges. ­Panday was cleared of all charges and the National Prosecuting Authority declined to prosecute him.

Ngobeni said it was unfair for people to bring the case up as it had been ­investigated and the courts had declined to prosecute.

“People have all these agendas against me. They must accept me for who I am and what I am.

“People must back off and leave me alone,” she said.

• chelsea.pieterse@witness.co.za

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