‘Criminal’ forum boss still defiant

2014-09-01 00:00

THE top civilian crime-buster in KwaZulu-Natal remained defiant yesterday as questions about his criminal record resurfaced.

This takes place almost 10 months after The Witness reported allegations that KZN CPF board chair Desmond Mtambo has a criminal record and was not vetted when he took the position.

The newspaper had reported that he was convicted and sentenced to jail and lashes for crimes including culpable homicide, theft, robbery and possession of drugs. These crimes were committed between 1979 and 1988.

Community Safety and Liaison MEC Willies Mchunu subsequently ordered an investigation into Mtambo’s election. Despite the allegation of his having a criminal record, Mtambo continued with his role at the CPF board.

On Friday, he shared the stage with Mchunu and police commissioner Mmamonye Ngobeni at a community policing forum seminar in Durban.

Contacted for comment, Mtambo said he said he would not answer questions relating to his criminal record and election to the CPF board.

He insisted, however, that the issue should not be how one fell, but, rather, whether or not one managed to stand up again.

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