Fresh charges against top KZN cop

2014-10-02 00:00

A TOP provincial police officer — once a central figure in a string of high-profile corruption investigations — is facing fresh internal charges.

Colonel Navin Madhoe, who was at the heart of corruption investigations that drew in provincial police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni and controversial Umhlanga businessman Thoshan Panday, faces departmental charges, with his inquiry sitting this week.

It is unclear what charges the supply chain unit officer faces, with police top brass keeping mum on the matter.

The Witness has established that the departmental inquiry, which could see him facing the axe, sat this week. This is the first indication Madhoe would face action after corruption charges against him were withdrawn.

Madhoe was charged in separate corruption and bribery investigations dating back as far as 2009, allegedly stemming from his relationship with Panday.

He was accused of manipulating police procurement processes, channelling millions of rand to Panday via his company, Gold Coast Trading CC.

The company, allegedly acting as a de facto broker on Madhoe’s instruction, had allegedly booked accommodation for officers who were on detachment duties.

The allocation of funds had caused a spike in the police’s expenditure, which is understood to have eventually led to an investigation into the department.

He was accused of acting in concert with Panday, in order to drive revenue to the business.

Later he was accused of bribing suspended KZN Hawks head Johan Booysen to backdate official police documents that would have made surveillance of Panday’s bank accounts illegal.

He was arrested in a police sting after placing a bag containing over R1 000 000 in cash in Booysen’s boot.

The criminal investigation into Madhoe, Panday and other top police officers preceded a chain of events that saw Booysen suspended, along with 28 other members of the Cato Manor Serious and Violent Crimes Unit indicted on a raft of charges.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker would not directly confirm the disciplinary action against the controversial cop, but said that it was being handled at a high level.

“According to our disciplinary section, the Madhoe issue is not being handled by the province,” he said.

National police spokesperson Solomon Makgale said: “As you will appreciate, there are a number of disciplinary matters involving South African Police Service employees throughout the country. As and when we are of the view that the time is opportune for us to provide information to the public, then we shall do so.

“It is not prudent for the SAPS to conduct these internal disciplinary processes through the media,” he said.

Makgale said public interest in the matter would not sway their stance.

“That [public interest] is not the measure we use, but … when the time is opportune, information will be provided.”


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