Ngobeni should face criminal charges - McBride

2016-05-20 09:28
SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni (File)

SAPS Provincial Commissioner Lieutenant-General Mmamonnye Ngobeni (File) (Jonathan Burton)

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Durban - Suspended Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) head Robert McBride says now is the time to criminally charge suspended KZN police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni.

In response to questions from News24, McBride said that "due process" should take its course with reference to Ngobeni's suspension.

"I am not sure that there is an innocent explanation for the delay in taking action," he said.
"Criminal prosecution should commence, there is a more than watertight case," he added.

Ngobeni was on Thursday handed a letter of suspension relating to her dealings with Umhlanga businessman Thoshan Panday.

While still in his post, McBride had taken the lead in tackling the Ngobeni matter.

In February last year, rumblings of Ngobeni facing criminal charges just weeks after her five-year contract was renewed for a second term of office had surfaced.

It emerged that Ngobeni was under investigation by the police watchdog Ipid.

Notice ignored

At the time, a senior police source and a well-placed source within Ipid both confirmed that investigations into Ngobeni on suspicion of corruption and defeating the ends of justice were ongoing.

McBride had written to now suspended police commissioner, Riah Phiyega, recommending that Ngobeni, Colonel Navin Madhoe and Captain Aswin Narainpershad be suspended.

Madhoe and Narainpershad are alleged to have also been implicated in corruption along with Ngobeni.

Phiyega appeared to ignore the notice, and McBride was later suspended.

Ngobeni's suspension is understood to relate to her links to Panday, 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.

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