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SAPS distances itself from Zuma report

2011-04-13 19:41

Johannesburg - The SA Police Service on Wednesday distanced itself from a top secret intelligence report that allegedly revealed plots by a string of senior ANC members to oust President Jacob Zuma as the party's president at its elective conference next year.

"The senior management of the SAPS would like to assure South Africans that the mandate of the SAPS to fight crime will never be perverted to serve any self-serving personal agenda or political interest under their watch," said deputy national commissioner Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya.

"The work of the SAPS is underpinned by such a rigorous system of checks and balances that this document would not have passed even a single of the many verification tests that documents of its nature have to go through in order for them to be entered into the organisation's official register," he said

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said the document had no status in the police department and had never been registered with any of its units for any purpose.

"The SAPS would like to record the fact that it neither commissioned nor compiled the document titled 'Ground Coverage Intelligence Report --Alleged Corruption and Related Activities KwaZulu-Natal'.

"The SAPS would therefore like to urge the media to desist from associating it with this document or any purpose for which it may have been compiled and/or distributed."

The 22-page report allegedly emanated from an investigation into national police commissioner General Bheki Cele.

Switched allegiances

The Sunday Independent reported that Cele switched allegiance from Zuma, who was his long-time ally, to Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale.

The publication reported that others named in the report included ANC Youth League president Julius Malema, ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, ANC national executive committee members Fikile Mbalula, Jeff Radebe, Tony Yengeni, Cassel Mathale and David Mabuza.

This week, similar claims emerged in the Boksburg Magistrate's Court, where Crime Intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and three others were appearing in connection with a murder that took place 12 years ago.

In a letter to Zuma, Mdluli said former president Thabo Mbeki's camp was trying to take over police intelligence ahead of the 2012 ANC conference.

"These were the very same members that were involved in negative campaigning at the ANC conference in Polokwane.

"They were in Mbeki's camp and trying to take control of the intelligence environment within the police by devious tactics," Mdluli wrote in the letter, penned last year.

"The question now arises what and how do they want to use the intelligence environment to affect the 2012 build-up to the ANC?" he asked.

The letter was sent to Zuma and several ministers in November.

In it, Mdluli asked the president to intervene in the investigation against him.

He implied that the charges against him, among them murder and defeating the ends of justice, had been trumped up by intelligence members conspiring to discredit him and derail his promotion.

He and his co-accused Lieutenant Colonel Mtunzi-Omhle Mthembeni Mtunzi, 52, court orderly Samuel Dlomo, 49, and Colonel Nkosana Sebastian Ximba, 38, stand accused of killing Oupa Ramogibe in 1999.

A decision on bail is expected on April 20.

Comments
  • edvermaak - 2011-04-13 20:18

    Can we believe any of the senior management in the SAPS? I would rather have heard it from a constable. It might be more believable then.

      Dave - 2011-04-13 20:51

      Interesting when pirhanas turn on one another...the feeding frenzy takes on a whole new meaning

  • Judgmental - 2011-04-13 20:24

    I love Tokyo Sexwale's title: "Human Settlements Minister" What does that cover? caves? holes in the ground? dwelling in trees?

      watalife - 2011-04-13 20:45

      No thats funny dude,He still wonders what his title means.

  • Daniel123 - 2011-04-13 20:24

    "The work of the SAPS is underpinned by such a rigorous system of checks and balances that this document would not have passed even a single of the many verification tests that documents of its nature have to go through in order for them to be entered into the organisation's official register," he said Is this the same system that allow dockets to disappear?

      thinker - 2011-04-13 23:58

      OR R500mil tenders to be signed?

  • MaLemmer - 2011-04-13 20:41

    "The work of the SAPS is underpinned by such a rigorous system of checks and balances that this document would not have passed even a single of the many verification tests that documents of its nature have to go through in order for them to be entered into the organisation's official register," he said......Oh yeah, then how did your pal Mdluli get to his position? or are you similarly "appointed"? Seems to be all are tainted!

  • Macho Mike - 2011-04-13 20:54

    Eish, dere is no smoke without da fire. Even standing in da shower will not put out dis fire. Hau, da trouble she is on da way..............

  • T de J - 2011-04-13 21:11

    while you are debating the man's title or position he is accumulating a vast wealth that should be used to UP lift the under privilegded . when then under privilegded get nasty he will get into his private jet and fly away leaving us debating his position .all the people mentioned in this report will go to the places that kept them when the were foot anc members, leaving us to sort out the mess that has been left .

  • beicime - 2011-04-13 21:38

    Servce delivery won't happen when politicians spend their time fighting for power.

  • Dog!! - 2011-04-14 06:26

    If they are unable to uphold the Constitution what truth are in these statements?

  • Badballie - 2011-04-14 07:57

    SAPS = organised crime. with apologies to the honest cops out there, both of you must be very angry at being painted with the same brush as your corrupt colleagues

  • Ivym - 2011-04-14 09:00

    ...will never be perverted to serve any self-serving personal agenda or political interest under their watch,". KAK, the whole saps top structure are ANC stoolies, Cele, Petros, Kruser, Nchwe, the whole lot.

  • TDK1 - 2011-04-14 09:21

    The police will always deny allegations even otherwise, truthful. The police minister and Hawks boss are all politically appointed and they will always abide by the illegal instruction s or else.

  • TDK1 - 2011-04-14 09:21

    The police will always deny allegations even otherwise, truthful. The police minister and Hawks boss are all politically appointed and they will always abide by the illegal instruction s or else.

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