Axe yet to fall on KZN top cop

2016-04-13 17:27

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Durban - The axe has yet to fall on KwaZulu-Natal Police Commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni, who has been threatened with suspension over her links to Umhlanga businessman Thoshan Panday.

It is understood that last week Ngobeni was served with a notice of intention to suspend her by Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane.

Her potential suspension relates to her links to Panday and his associates, who reportedly had paid nearly R20 000 for her husband Lucas's birthday party in 2010.

The bash, thrown by Panday, came at a time when the controversial businessman was a suspect in a fraud investigation.

The National Prosecuting Authority declined to prosecute the province's top cop.

Her husband, also a Major General in the police, told News24 that there had been "no movement" on her situation.

"She has not been suspended and at this point there is nothing new that has happened," he said.

He added that she had made representations to Phahlane, and that they had been penned by her own hand, and not an attorney.

"This matter has been going on for years. It is all out there already," he said.

In 2014, The Witness published an exposé entitled "Proof Positive", in which invoices from the party, ­witness affidavits and police dockets drew a tangible link between Ngobeni and Panday.

The controversy surrounding Panday arose from accusations that he inflated accommodation prices for police officers, in concert with senior officials within the police's supply chain management department.

The National Prosecuting Authority withdrew charges against Panday and the other officers implicated.

Last year, News24 published an exclusive look at an independent forensic audit conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, in which investigators recommend that Ngobeni face punitive action.

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