EXCLUSIVE: Top cop probed over blue lights cash

2017-08-01 13:24
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula (File, AFP)

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula (File, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has vowed that the head of the police's Presidential Protection Service (PPS) will be investigated over a financial benefit the head received from a supplier of blue lights to his unit.

This comes after News24 and Scorpio revealed that Major-General Muzingaye Mxolisi Dladla, head of the SAPS unit responsible for protecting President Jacob Zuma, received R700 000 from the owner of Instrumentation for Traffic Law Enforcement, a supplier of blue lights to the SAPS. 

Phineas Manthata, ITLE's owner, in 2012 contributed R700 000 toward the purchase of a property by Dladla and his then romantic partner in the Blue Valley golf estate in Gauteng. 

Vuyo Mhaga, Mbalula's spokesperson, says the minister has referred the allegations to acting national police commissioner Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba, who now has to assign a "senior commissioned officer [to] immediately investigate the allegations". 

"The investigator will be expected to brief the minister after being assigned."

The minister's spokesperson says Mbalula viewed "questions of probity over SAPS members [as being] extremely important" and that the matter would therefore "receive the priority it calls for". 

The matter will also be referred to the Independent Police Investigate Directorate (IPID), explained Mhaga.

News24 and Scorpio revealed last week that Dladla and his then partner, Presidency official Mogotladi Mogano, bought a house in the Blue Valley estate for R3.2m in 2012. 

The couple secured a bank loan of R2.72m and needed around R720 000 to cover the deposit, transfer fees and related costs for the transaction to go through.

News24 reliably learnt that Manthata contributed R700 000 toward the transaction, which was then successfully concluded. 

Manthata's company is a known supplier of blue lights to the SAPS, including to Dladla's unit.

At the time of the initial story, Manthata, speaking through his attorney, denied any wrongdoing, but refused to respond to our set of detailed queries around the transaction.

"Our client does not intend to respond to your email, and we reserve our client’s rights to expand upon any issues in the appropriate forum and at the appropriate time should it become necessary. Our client denies any allegations and reserves the right to formally reply should same be necessary," said Andre du Plessis, Manthata's lawyer.

The SAPS, Dladla and Mogano all failed at the time to respond to queries around the property deal.

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