Nkandla file too hot to touch, say cops

2015-03-10 00:00

THE Nkandla file seems too hot a potato for police detectives, who have let the file gather dust at the national investigations unit for the past year.

Three independent police sources told sister paper Beeld touching that file would be a “career stopping move”.

“Each police officer who works alone on this case, knows he will lose his job as soon as he starts scratching,” a detective with the rank of colonel said.

He added he will say “nothing, nothing, nothing about Nkandla”.

Beeld had revealed in January Lieutenant-General Anwa Dramat, suspended head of the Hawks, is fearing for his life because of his determination to centralise the charges arising from the Nkandla dossier with the Hawks.

Since then acting head of the Hawks, Major- General Benny Ntlemeza, has told City Press there is no Nkandla investigation.

Beeld has determined the investigation is no longer with the Hawks, but with the police.

National police spokesperson Lieutenant-General Solomon Makgale however said the R246 million expenditure on President Jacob Zuma’s private estate at Nkandla is being investigated. He said he thinks five complaints were received in total, based on the report by the public protector (PP). “The matter is being investigated. It is proceeding well.”

Last year the PP found President Jacob Zuma and his family had benefited from the “security improvements” to his estate.

Based on this finding, the DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane laid a charge at the Nkandla police station. A few months later EFF leader Julius Malema also laid a charge. The charges were consolidated in dossier 123/03/2014.

A source in the Anti-Corruption Task Team (ACTT) said a charge that was being investigated by the Hawks has also been handed over to the police.

The ACTT is an inter-departmental team comprising members from the Hawks, Special Investigations Unit (SIU) and the South African Revenue Service.

In its Nkandla probe, the SIU last year found Minenhle Makhanya, Zuma’s personal architect, is responsible for overspending the security budget by R155,3 million. He must pay the money back. No finding was made against the Zumas. The charge against Makhanya was also referred to the Hawks.

The national head of police detectives ­Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo allegedly requested the Nkandla dossier from Kuben Moodley, the ACTT’s head of investigations.

But Dramat was not happy handing over the dossier and had asked for it back from the police shortly before he was suspended.

The dossier was not returned and Dramat has told a confidant he now fears for his life.

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