Cops: Nkandla file too hot to touch

2015-03-10 09:47
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Johannesburg - The police have a file on the upgrades at President Jacob Zuma's private Nkandla residence, but investigators reportedly consider it a hot potato and are too scared to touch it, so it is gathering dust at the national investigating unit.

Netwerk24's Pauli van Wyk and Adriaan Basson reported on Tuesday that three separate police sources with knowledge of the investigation said touching the file would be a career-ending move.

A detective said each investigator knows they would lose their job as soon as they started scratching, adding he would say nothing about Nkandla.

Dramat suspension

Hawks head Lieutenant General Anwa Dramat was suspended in December, and is reportedly fearing for his life after trying to centralise the charges arising from the Nkandla dossier. Acting Hawks head Major General Benny Ntlemeza has said there is no Nkandla probe.

According to sources, the Nkandla investigation is no longer with the Hawks, and is with the police.

National police spokesperson Lieutenant General Solomon Makgale told Netwerk24 that the investigation into the R246m expenditure on Nkandla is proceeding well. Five complaints were received, based on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report into the matter.

After Madonsela found that Zuma and his family had benefited from the security upgrade to his private estate, the DA and EFF laid charges, which were consolidated in dossier 123/03/2014.

SIU probe

The Anti-Corruption Task Team said a charge being investigated by the Hawks was also handed over to the police.

The Special Investigations Unit last year found that Zuma's personal architect, Minenhle Makhanya, was responsible for overspending the security budget by R155.3m and must pay the money back. No finding was made against the Zuma family.

The national head of police detectives allegedly asked for the Nkandla file from the Anti-Corruption Task Team but Dramat was reportedly not happy about handing it over and asked for it back. It was not returned and Dramat was later suspended.

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