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Slush fund did pay for Mthethwa's wall - AG

2012-07-13 14:44

Johannesburg - Auditor General Terence Nombembe has confirmed what City Press reported three months ago – that a security wall around Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa’s house was built with money from a crime intelligence “slush fund”.

At the time Mthethwa categorically denied that “any source of public funds or taxpayers’ coffers” paid for renovations to his house in KwaMbonambi, KwaZulu-Natal.

A report released by Nombembe’s office on Friday afternoon states the AG could find no evidence that Mthethwa knew the wall was built with crime intelligence funds.

The R200m secret fund is at the centre of probes by the Hawks and the inspector general of intelligence into suspended crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli and other senior police spies.

After City Press revealed in April that Mthethwa had also benefited from the fund, the minister requested Nombembe to investigate this claim, as well as a Hawks finding that Mthethwa had utilised a crime intelligence Mercedes-Benz SUV for 15 months.

Today, Nombembe released a statement that will be included in his annual report to Parliament.

The AG found that:
» The wall around Mthethwa’s private property was built using secret service funds;

» No evidence could be found that Mthethwa was involved in a risk assessment on his private property;

» There is no evidence that Mthethwa knew the wall was being built using secret service funds;

» There is no evidence that links Mthethwa to the contravention of the police and procedures related to the secret service fund, and

» No documentation was provided to link Mthethwa to the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

As a result of Mthethwa not being aware of the activities of crime intelligence, Nombembe said, monitoring and accountability practices between the department and Mthethwa should be strengthened.

Mthethwa welcomed Nombembe’s findings, saying they cleared him of “any violation of policy or procedures”.

Mthethwa said the AG’s report cleared his name “unconditionally against any wrongdoing” and that he was consulting his lawyers about taking action against journalists who “continued to peddle untruthful, misleading and unfounded articles without any substantiated evidence”.

In his statement, Mthethwa does not explain why he originally denied that the wall was built with crime intelligence funds, or who he thought was paying for the wall.

Comments
  • Henk - 2012-07-13 14:56

    Bunch of corrupt cadres.....!

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-07-13 15:17

      Nutty, bye bye

      handy.andy.773 - 2012-07-13 15:21

      They build a wall around your house, and you dont know where the money is coming from? Sure!

      lorrainesuh - 2012-07-13 15:38

      Ofcourse he knew it was our tax money, government fat cats

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-13 15:38

      Plans had to be passed, so who signed these

      Revelgen - 2012-07-13 15:43

      What ridiculous liars these ANC head honchos are. Walls cost tens, even hundreds of thousands of rands. Does Mthethwa really expect us to believe the money for it just floated down out of the sky for it or something? Truly it is time for a government we can all respect, instead of one that constantly robs public funds for their own use.

      ann.murray.9279 - 2012-07-13 15:54

      Why so surprised - liar, liar!!!

      faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-07-13 16:52

      Wall of Shame

  • RabbleRouser - 2012-07-13 14:56

    The government is infested with corrupt politicians.

      boltonbarry - 2012-07-13 15:18

      The government is infesting South Africa with corrupt official

  • molatelo.sehowa - 2012-07-13 14:57

    A wall is built around your home and you have no idea who paid for it.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-13 15:13

      I agree this is nonsense, he knew.

      rontheogre - 2012-07-13 16:08

      Perhaps government officials are getting too used to getting handouts that the origin does not matter?

  • andrew.arde - 2012-07-13 15:04

    Did he think that the building contractors were gifting him with a wall? Please man, this reeks of corruption!!

      Press - 2012-07-13 15:49

      Maybe the matter just got lost amongst the bribes . . . .

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-07-13 15:04

    Wow, I just can't believe that a high-ranking member of the ANC would do such a thing. I'm sure he'll be able to prove that he wasn't involved, or at home, or in the country, or awake at the time, or........

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-07-13 15:06

    So you expect us to believe that if suddenly a huge security wall appears around your house, you are not going to at least ask..who's paying for this?? Did he or didn't he buy the Merc? Should be easy to provide payment records for a purchase that big, it's not like he's being asked to provide a record for a pack of gum he bought. Sounds like another cover-up being hatched!

      dee.980 - 2012-07-13 16:25

      lol!!! It's the sunglasses he wears most of the time - he could not see the wall:)))) But then this is the buffoon who wants the police to use water cannons against the W.cape armed gangsters who have killed >20 people in past few weeks. Pity he did not arrange for the residents of Hanover Park to build walls or any security from gangsters.

  • Gavin - 2012-07-13 15:13

    here we go again...

  • donovan.hendricks.7 - 2012-07-13 15:13

    So Mr Nombembe,what are you saying? To built or not built with taxpayers money,that is the question,now I have a question for you:did you and showerhead finish you're education at the same primary school?what an idiot you are,employed by a bunch of ANC idiots like yourself.God help us all!!

  • fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-07-13 15:14

    No evidence was found that Mthetwa did not know the "slush-Funds" were used!

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-07-13 15:14

    Resigning should be your next step.

  • Mzamo - 2012-07-13 15:15

    If the money to pay for wall of his home didn't come from his pocket, would it not be reasonable for him to ask where it came from?? Did he do that? If not why? Surely no one can just erect a fence at your home without your permission!! Therefore, he must be deemed to have known!!

  • Enlightened - 2012-07-13 15:16

    so, Doctor unkaluso has absolutely no idea what is going on around him? I sometimes think of the following and wonder whether I am just being biassed. When they claim that they had no "nolits" of what was going on, I mean the wall, the school books, South Africa in general. MY question is; are they trying to explain that someone at a lower level did not do his/her job? In that case, was the individual screened properly? Typically of africa, they totally lack a sense of responsibility, understanding and the intelectual ability to address even relatively simple matters. Please, anyone!! Note, blaming Apartheid or "the old regime" do not count.

  • wehan.victor - 2012-07-13 15:16

    I wonder if this slush fund only paid for the wall? Is there more? probably...

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-07-13 15:17

    He doesn't seem to be aware of anything , does he actually know what is going on in his department. In that case He must be liquored up most the time . WTF

  • aldridge.roman - 2012-07-13 15:17

    If a wall is build on my property, surely i should know who is buiding it"He did not know" does that means his house is empty and no-one is occupying it,

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-07-13 15:17

    Just another crook and his wall

      mundu.olewega - 2012-07-13 15:50

      All in all it's just another bick in the wall.....TEAR DOWN THE WALL !!

      Press - 2012-07-13 16:41

      Actually my money is on a Commission of Inquiry "Spear-headed" by the Department of "Intelligence" to track down the "counter-revolutionaries" who sneaked onto his private property to built that "so-called" wall . . .

  • peter.t.solomon - 2012-07-13 15:18

    He must pay the money spent on the wall

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-13 15:44

      And then they must fire him for lying and corruption. He can't just pay it back and let bygones be bygones.. He is obviously dishonest and has shown us so.. How can he be trusted in a place of power??

  • pragasen.padayachy - 2012-07-13 15:20

    "At the time Mthethwa categorically denied that “any source of public funds or taxpayers’ coffers” paid for renovations to his house in KwaMbonambi, KwaZulu-Natal." So Technically, He is GUILTY !!!!

  • ntuthuko.msane.5 - 2012-07-13 15:22

    movemnt suporter, but this is @%@ if he did not knew, which fund did he think was building the wall of his private home. He should have paid it himself... Nobody can just go to my house and start erecting a building without me getting all the details as I will be accountable to the Municipal bylaws and will have to pay higher rates. So the question to ask is which fund did the Minister thought was paying for building a security wall for his Home? Korupxion...eish...spelling...I guess.. I am poloticalily inqusitive.

      Press - 2012-07-13 15:51

      Also no recommendations on recovering the value that the taxpayers added to his private property . . . . .

  • gail.hayesbean - 2012-07-13 15:24

    Are you serious? If someone pitches up where you live and starts building a high security wall around your house do you really want us to believe that the owner of the house or even person renting it would not ask questions before they started, about who was paying for this? I sure as heck would know if I had hired them and if not would demand to know who had sent them and where the money was coming from to pay for it. Do you expect anyone with more than 2 brain cells to swallow the fact that he couldn't be linked or didn't know? These b---- arrogant entitled politicians must imagine we are all totally braindead.

      rontheogre - 2012-07-13 16:10

      Well, thus far the majority of voters have proven him right!

  • eddie.mboweni - 2012-07-13 15:29

    There is no way that a construction of R200.000 can be undertaken in ur premises and u claim to be not aware!This is plain corruption modus operandi...the fact that there is no written proof was deliberately planned or the documentation intentionally destroyed!

  • rodney.michael.37 - 2012-07-13 15:30

    No we have all got it wrong. He was out of the country on a "business trip" (spending more tax payer’s money) while the wall was been built...gee why we all didn’t think of that...

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-13 15:36

      Ja.. He got home and was like, Wow! How awesome! Somebody built a wall for me! OMG..

  • Erna - 2012-07-13 15:30

    Stupidity is not a defence!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-07-13 15:41

      Wanna bet It runs in parlament

  • Sisi - 2012-07-13 15:34

    Give me one person ka Khongolose who is not corrupt?Ma black ppl this country is going down..are yall blind to see that?

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-07-13 15:35

    Oh so they'd find no evidence that he KNEW the wall was built with those funds.. You have GOT to be kidding me?! LA-OL!! If not with his own money, how the Fu€|< did he think it was being paid?? What a croc.. Another thieving, corrupt liar.. Geez dude did you think nobody would find out?? What an idiot! Another thing: is he paying for the car himself or are the taxpayers paying? Could not link him.. That's easy to check!! So check it FFS!!

      rontheogre - 2012-07-13 16:12

      Eish, what you are saying is that some people out there have to start doing their jobs, and that sounds like too much hard work.

  • malusi.shumane.7 - 2012-07-13 15:36

    Corruption z evil!!! M tired of dz ppl cz thy stealing 4rm d poor whom they claim 2 b representing. Mthethwa will go unpunished lyk many cz his boss z a chief THIEF. Imagine whr our country would b if dz politicians, mostly blacks, were honest? Private sector z nt immune though bt our government officials r worse

      hannes.mamparra - 2012-07-13 16:01

      Please, if you want to comment, use a proper language.

  • Synomore - 2012-07-13 15:41

    Mthethwa is taking south africans for a ride and fools come on this is corruption straight forward

  • andre.marx - 2012-07-13 15:44

    Best comedy show in the world. Yes is was build with secret funds but nobody knew, that is how secret this fund is. He did not know that this wall was being built as it was a secret wall.

  • Freddie - 2012-07-13 15:45

    It was obviously a 'Free Wall' from the same source as the 'Free Education' and 'Free Health Care' and 'Free Whatever' that the ANC is going to give to its voters.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-07-13 15:46

    Show him new walls with one door and bars on the window...! Frigging corrupt thief...!

  • luzukotosh - 2012-07-13 15:47

    Lies, lies, lies. How can you not know who's paying your renovations??? Are we that stupid?

  • Andre Du Preez - 2012-07-13 15:47

    I do not recolect the incedent

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-07-13 15:49

    Ahaahahahahahaha! He didn't know where the money came from. What a twit.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-07-13 15:52

    Corruption and looting is in their genes(ANC) send the police dog unit to the cape flats and Hanover you corrupt idiot(nathi mthethwa) and stop blocking the army intervention because innocent people are dying in the troubled areas.

      denise.ryan.5203 - 2012-07-13 16:25

      How do you know the ANC is not serious about solving crime? It is all about priorities... If they cannot make money from it, they are not interested. In 2003 when South Africa’s crime rate was going through the roof the ANC did virtually nothing, yet they passed the idiotic Plastic Bag Law of which they were extremely proud and it was on TV every five minutes. They were going to clean up the environment and create thousands of jobs…turned out these thieves only cleaned out the consumer’s wallet. In a country where farmers are being murdered at the highest rate in the world and the public is suffering under crime, the latest ANC priorities are to clamp down on smokers. Just remember that obesity kills almost just as many people as smoking does, but you do not see the ANC issuing draconian laws against obesity, because then they will be punishing themselves. No. The ANC smoking laws are not about Your Health. It is about Their Wealth. The ANC is not really concerned about what you put in your mouth, up your nose or in your arm... all they are concerned about is how much money they can make from it. "There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. When there aren't enough criminals, one MAKES them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws... Create a nation of law-breakers, and then you cash in on the guilt." -- Ayn Rand "Atlas Shrugged"

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-15 14:57

      denise, one of the few good things the ANC has ever done is to try to curb the use of plastic bags. I don't see any less of them around though. We really are ridiculous people to consider a plastic bag part of good service though, I see people still taking bags for single items. Selfish people who don't care about the future of the planet, I'm glad I don't have children. I also have no respect for this regime, but I do agree with them on protecting non smokers from smokers. Its helped me give up, and many of my mates too. I think you should stick to valid criticism, not condoning one wrong because of another. Plastic bags have nothing to do with murder - should traffic cops stop enforcing road laws because murder is occurring? Nee wat, kesh wek aap....

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-15 14:59

      And denise, countries like Australia are nanny states, the have laws for everything. It may sometimes be inconvenient, but at least their children can walk around at night safely. Ayn Rand got it wrong - anyway, he was just an author.

  • trevor.pittie - 2012-07-13 15:54

    A wall goes up around your house but no money comes out of your bank. Who's money did he think paid for it? I hope someone drives a TLB through that wall!!

  • grace.andtruth.77 - 2012-07-13 15:56

    The gravy train was travelling SO fast Mtitwa never even noticed he had a new wall... And the Easter bunny just left the luxury vehicles on his lawn lol...

  • lorrainesuh - 2012-07-13 15:58

    I wish i could be a FLY in that WALL

  • O.J. - 2012-07-13 16:01

    Can I also have a free wall around my house please?

  • rontheogre - 2012-07-13 16:01

    Auditor General Terence Nombembe or whoever compiled that report should start "applying their minds". If Mdluli did not pay for the wall himself he is bound by rules and regulations to provide the identity of the entity that gifted this to him as it was an improvement to his private property. If Mdluli did not even bother to find out who had paid for the wall he, as National Intelligence Chief, has proven to all that he is incompetent and open to corruption. Good luck to him if he wishes to take this matter to court as a civil matter has the tendency to reveal more than a government sponsored investigation. Go on, you twit, shoot yourself in the foot.

  • O.J. - 2012-07-13 16:03

    Just another thick brick in the wall.

  • chris.pieterse.73 - 2012-07-13 16:16

    Idiot, a million Rand wall pops up around your house and you do not ask questions. But do not worry, your cronies will protect you. Go and stay in a Five Star Hotel until this is resolved.

      william.leseka - 2012-07-13 18:03

      Pure corruption of 21century! He is a thief,thank you

  • beak.speaks - 2012-07-13 16:24

    Cross examination 101 : So Mr Mthethwa, three months ago you categorically denied that “any source of public funds or taxpayers’ coffers” paid for renovations to your home. The point is either you paid for those renovations yourself (which we know you didn't, or surely you would provide evidence of that) or you acquiesced in someone else (co-incidentally close) having done so. Neh?

      Andre Du Preez - 2012-07-13 16:35

      Just shows you how dof they think we are and how stupid they actually are

  • jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-07-13 16:31

    Please wipe away that brown substance surrounding your big ol fat pie hole,,Mr liar liar pants on fire.

  • fanuel.dumisane - 2012-07-13 17:06

    nathi he is like the rest of the anc people corrupt,thats the bottum line.

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-07-15 15:03

      Sad, they really are a vrot bunch. Almost difficult to believe a regime can be so incredibly corrupt, imagine how far this country could have come by now if it were not for the incredible grand scale theft of this disgusting regime.

  • John - 2012-07-13 17:08

    See how he covered his tracks! That is why he is the minister of police. You are a criminal, "minister". We will salute you when you walk into our offices, not because we respect you but because we want to keep our jobs

  • Michael - 2012-07-13 17:09

    The imagination that goes into brewing up the extraordinary explanations "servants to the people" regale us with when cornered is impressive.. On the other hand, you Mr Mwtwothead, are nothing more than a common thief, mama must be so proud!

  • zamani.myende - 2012-07-13 17:29

    Shame. Is CITY PRESS da Public Protector or SARS or Whistle-blower????

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-13 18:00

    I've got my wall to protect me. What are you Cape Town peasants on about?

  • pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-07-13 18:26

    If somebody wants to build a security wall around my house then that somebody must surely have an identity & be known to me; secondly, I would have to approve the design of the wall & submit to the local authority for approval (one cannot just build a security wall!); thirdly, the 1st question I would ask is 'who's going to pay for it?' and if the source remains unidentified I as a responsible person would be very concerned and in fact refuse the offer because there might be all kinds of string attached. If I were a minister of police I would ask all of these and many, many more questions before accepting such a generous offer. So, did the AG uncover this? If not, why not? If 'yes' what are the facts? Interesting that "...Mthethwa welcomed Nombembe’s findings, saying they cleared him of “any violation of policy or procedures” and then goes on to say that "...his name (has been cleared)“unconditionally against any wrongdoing” and that he was consulting his lawyers about taking action against journalists...etc" Very quick to plead his innocence. I dare him to take the journo's to court! Please do Mthethwa! Please do! You are obvioulsy one of the many millions in SA that do not understand democracy as we are being lectured by Zuma. Your days are over! You have silch credibility!

      pieriewaaier.zooms - 2012-07-13 18:44

      Oh! And another thing. Has he declared this 'gift' to Parliament as he is obliged to do in terms of parliamentary rules? Does parliament have an Ethics Committee? Will they be investigating and if so, when? Surely, this requires investigation to restore the good name of the minister of police! Give him a fair chance to explain himself to parliament. I just can't wait to hear his explanantion!!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-07-13 18:26

    Jaaaaaaaaaa!! And so say all of us!!!! The truth doesn't sound so lekker !!