Top cops under fire in Parliament

2012-04-17 21:06
Cape Town - The chairperson of Parliament's portfolio committee on police on Tuesday called into question the integrity and competence of SA Police Service senior management.

Speaking ahead of a briefing on the police's strategic plans for 2012/13, Sindi Chikunga asked acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi which of his delegation she could trust.

She earlier referred to controversial cases involving senior police members, including that of recently reinstated crime intelligence head Richard Mdluli, as well as suspended KwaZulu-Natal Hawks boss Major General Johan Booysen.

"The head of crime intelligence - our hope in fighting crime in this country - is alleged [to be involved in] serious misconduct... What is the feeling... when the most senior people in [the police] are suspected of being involved in criminal conduct such as this?

Moral integrity

"What is this supposed to mean? Who is sitting in front of this portfolio committee? Who must we trust? Who are you? Can you define yourself to this portfolio committee so that we know?" Chikunga asked.

She said some of the serious allegations levelled against some senior members of the police service "manifest a flagrant violation of the moral integrity expected of police members, or conduct unbecoming that of a police member".

About two dozen senior police officers were present at Tuesday's briefing.

Chikunga noted that many of the facts coming to light in cases against senior members were being exposed by the media.

"I'm worried about what this means about the senior managers in this department, who are not able on their own to pick up these matters and correct them," she said.

Chikunga called on Mkhwanazi to provide clarity on the cases she had highlighted.

"The head of the Hawks in KZN is... suspected of being involved in serious misconduct. And for... God's sake, this is the head of the Hawks, a specialised unit we're talking about. Not just any SAPS member, [but] the head of the Hawks, our hope... in the fight against organised crime."

She then said: "Who is sitting in front of us here? Who must we trust? Who must we not trust?"

'Embarrassed'


Responding, Mkhwanazi said he had to respect a court's reinstatement of Mdluli, following his earlier suspension from the police.

Mdluli was suspended last year for alleged murder and fraud, but reinstated, following the court ruling, at the beginning of the month.

Mkhwanazi, who earlier admitted to being "embarrassed" by the various scandals involving senior police officers, said an investigation into allegations of corruption against Mdluli was ongoing.

He declined to elaborate further, saying the process was under way.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions on Monday called for a judicial commission of inquiry into corruption allegations implicating Mdluli, as well as Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The matter has to do with alleged abuse of the police's secret service account, among other things.

- SAPA
Read more on:    police  |  hawks  |  johan booysen  |  sindi chikunga  |  nhlanhla mkhwanazi  |  richard mdluli  |  corruption
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/Motoring
 

Thirty and still single? There’s hope!

Are you thirty and still single, without even a hint of a prospect on the horizon? Then read this!

 
 

Men24.com

SA’s Playboy Playmate of the year in action!
12 lies everyone accepts as fact
Hottie of the day: Charlotte
Breakup text goes viral and it’s hilarious!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

Good Morning, Mr Mandela by Zelda la Grange

Good Morning, Mr Mandela tells the extraordinary story of how a young woman had her life, beliefs, prejudices and everything she once believed in utterly transformed by the greatest man of her time. Now R221. Pre-order now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may be hard to stay cool, calm and collected. Your emotions can get quite heated in the moment. You may benefit from finding a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.