PMB top cop to be charged

2009-07-09 00:00

A TOP Pietermaritzburg policeman will face charges of fraud and defeating the ends of justice, according to an order handed down by Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa yesterday.

Mountain Rise police station commissioner Director Hariram Badul has been accused of manipulating crime statistics at the station, which led to it being rewarded for its “outstanding performance” in 2007/2008.

Mthethwa’s spokesman Hangwani Mulaudzi told The Witness that a directive has been sent to KwaZulu-Natal provincial commissioner Hamilton Ngidi to charge Badul.

“This follows the investigation [by the Independent Complaints Directorate], which found that cases reported were not recorded in the crime administration system [CAS].”

By yesterday afternoon, Mulaudzi said a letter had been sent to Ngidi to take action.

Mulaudzi said Ngidi, in consultation with the ICD, “will decide what further action will be taken against Badul”. However, SAPS provincial spokeswoman Director Phindile Radebe could not confirm this order. “We haven’t received anything as yet, I know there were allegations in the media … we will comment as soon as we receive something.”

The controversy about the crime statistics was brought to the public arena after the ICD swooped on the station last November. The sharp decline in crime statistics lifted the profile of Mountain Rise police station, but the events following that have cast doubt on the integrity of the busy police station.

Mulaudzi expressed the ministry’s concern over corruption in the police force. “This concern arises from the fact that dishonesty in the SAPS means theft of resources that belong to the people and government.”

He said police need to be ethical to be able to combat corruption. “We must inculcate a culture of hard work in the SAPS as a whole, and we expect to be robust to ensure that the SAPS jointly shares the collective responsibility, upholding the values and principles of good governance … ” said Mulaudzi.

Mountain Rise whistleblower Craig Josiah had his salary reinstated by an order of the high court in Pietermaritzburg following his application for the court to set aside his suspension from the police.

Josiah was suspended allegedly for exposing the fraudulent manipulation of crime statistics at the station.

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