KZN crime intelligence unit gets new head … for now

2015-12-09 09:56
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Pietermaritzburg - The embattled KwaZulu-Natal crime intelligence unit’s new head took up office this week, albeit on a temporary basis.

Mayor-General Tso Tshika took up the post on Monday from Brigadier Bheki Maphumulo, who had been acting since the suspension of the full-time officer Major-General Deena Moodley.

While The Witness could obtain no formal statement from the SAPS on this appointment, three independent sources corroborated Tshika’s arrival.

“He arrived on Monday but he will only hold the post until the matter against Moodley is finalised,” said one source.

Another source said they had worked with Tshika in the past and knew how he operated. One source admitted the appointment had caught many of them by surprise with news of his appointment only filtering down on Monday.

He will be holding the position until an internal disciplinary process has been finalised against Moodley, whose final closed hearing will take place on Friday.

Moodley was suspended late last year after allegations of illegal phone tapping was laid against him by controversial Durban businessman Thoshan Panday. The charges against Moodley and his co-accused, Lieutenant-Colonel Jessie Chetty, Colonel Brian Padayachee and Warrant Officer Shanlam Moodley, are for the alleged illegal interception and recording of Panday’s conversations including that of provincial commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni.

Panday is no stranger to walking a tight rope with the law, having previously been charged, with attempting to bribe Major-General Johan Booysen, the suspended head of the Hawks in KwaZulu-Natal, to drop a separate investigation into his affairs. The charge was later dropped.

The Sunday Times reported that the new acting national police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Khomotso Phahlane, was introducing changes to the force countrywide to bring stability to the embattled service.

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