Panday: Hawks plan to arrest cop

2011-12-09 00:00

HAWKS spokesperson McIntosh Polela confirmed yesterday that the arrest of a police officer linked to accused fraudster Thoshan Panday’s case is imminent.

The suspected policeman allegedly disclosed confidential pictures of crime scenes to Panday. Polela, however, denied claims by Panday that the pictures were incriminating.

The pictures being referred to are from actual crime scenes and have gone through all the legal and necessary processes, said Polela.

“It’s blatant that these people are covering their own backs, threatening to go to the media with this so-called incriminating evidence,” he said.

Polela challenged anyone with evidence of wrongdoing by the Hawks or any police officer to go to the Independent Complaints Directorate and open a docket there.

Panday is the focus of a probe into a R60 million police accommodation tender.

Last year he allegedly organised and paid for a birthday party for Brigadier Lucas Ngobeni, the husband of KZN police chief Lieutenant-General Mamunye Ngobeni.

The Ngobenis denied any corrupt role in the tender.

Co-accused Navin Madhoe was arrested some months later for facilitating a bribe of R2 million that was supposed to be given to KZN Hawks head Johan Booysen to apparently make the investigation go away.

Madhoe allegedly placed a suitcase containing almost R1,3 million in Booysen’s car more recently. The funds were apparently organised by Panday.

Madhoe claims that the case, which is more than a year old, is quickly turning cold and that he was a pawn used in an attempt to revive it and strengthen a smear campaign against Lucas Ngobeni.

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