KZN's top cop suspended

2016-05-19 13:56
Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni

Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni (Jonathan Burton)

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Durban - KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni was served with a letter of suspension on Thursday after weeks of waiting for the axe to fall over her links with businessman Thoshan Panday.

Ngobeni was served with the notice of intention to suspend her by acting national police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane in May.

Her 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 had declined to prosecute the province's top cop.

A well-placed police source told News24 that she had been suspended earlier on Thursday.
News24 contacted Ngobeni, who confirmed she had been placed on suspension.

"It is true. I received a letter, saying that I had been suspended. It is effective from tomorrow," she said, declining to comment further.  

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 NPA 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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