Cops frustrated over tycoon’s intelligence links

2013-04-02 00:00

FRUSTRATED crime intelligence agents have threatened in a secret memo to go public and expose the role of politically connected Durban tycoon — and convicted drug dealer — Timmy Marimuthu and his family in the police intelligence unit.

Media24 Investigations has obtained a copy of the memo by members of the crime intelligence unit in Durban. The memo was sent to the unit’s counter-intelligence unit — the section tasked with protecting the unit’s integrity.

The secret memo urges counter-intelligence to take action against Marimuthu’s family members and cronies claiming they had not been “vetted”, yet had access to top-secret information.

Members who sent the memo last year claim Marimuthu’s family and connections remain in the unit despite their warnings.

“The seasoned members are frustrated and want transfers. They are contemplating going public because these appointments go against all ethics and principles of intelligence,” said the memo.

The memo lists several agents with links to Marimuthu.

One of his in-laws was appointed a lieutenant-colonel and drives a Porsche Cayenne, another was a cashier at a supermarket before being appointed a captain and a third was a clerk before being made a warrant officer, the memo claimed.

Marimuthu’s wife, Neermala Moodley, was appointed as a colonel, his son-in-law as a lieutenant colonel, his daughter as a captain, his brother as a colonel and his niece as a captain, the memo alleges.

The memo emerges amid revelations in Rapport and City Press on Sunday of a secret tape recording of SA Revenue Service Commissioner Oupa Magashula and Marimuthu.

In the recording — which SARS claims was a set-up — Marimuthu and Magashula are recorded apparently offering a lucrative SARS job to a young woman.

SARS claims the woman was never offered a job and that Magashula has done nothing wrong, but Magashula will now face an inquiry led by a judge.

The 2010 conversation was allegedly recorded by the police crime intelligence unit and the recording was afterwards given to Marimuthu, who has apparently used it as “evidence” of his sway over Magashula.

SARS is currently doing an extensive tax enquiry into Marimuthu.

Marimuthu was last year named in a Hawks affidavit as a crime intelligence agent amid an investigation into the looting of the unit’s secret fund. It also claimed that a host of Marimuthu family members had been employed by the unit from ranks ranging from warrant officer to colonel.

A host of Marimuthu’s family members were also appointed in crime intelligence in ranks ranging from warrant officer to captain to colonel.

Marimuthu has denied being a crime intelligence agent, but did not respond to questions this week about the memo.

Marimuthu was close to former police commissioner Bheki Cele and is apparently also close to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Police affidavits used in court show Marimuthu was registered as a crime intelligence agent and paid R50 000 a month.

The police did not respond to questions about the memo to counter-intelligence.

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