Slush fund did pay for Mthethwa's wall - AG

2012-07-13 14:44
Nathi Mthethwa (File, Beeld)

Nathi Mthethwa (File, Beeld)

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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.
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