‘Jealousy’ says top PMB cop held for fraud

2012-10-27 00:00

SEASONED Pietermaritzburg detective Captain Pipes Haffajee yesterday said his arrest on Wednesday on charges of fraud, theft, forgery and uttering was nothing but professional jealousy and a “personal persecution”.

Sources said that Haffajee was charged after questions arose about his signature appearing on allegedly fraudulently submitted claims for informers’ fees totalling R90 000 which were being investigated by the Hawks.

His arrest arose from a case being investigated against three officers from Mountain Rise police station going back some 18 months, in which he was the main state witness.

Last month Haffajee, as a state witness in the case, gave evidence against his now co-accused.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday Haffajee said: “It’s the strangest thing. A month ago I was the state’s main witness in this case and now, as the commander of the unit, I have been charged,” said Haffajee.

He said his arrest was a result of professional jealousy.

“All I can say is that this is a personal persecution and that my surname and track record irritate certain police officers,” said Haffajee.

Police spokesperson Joey Jeevan said Haffajee was released on a warning after appearing in the Pietermaritzburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday and would appear in court again on November 28.

Provincial police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker, who speaks on behalf of commissioner Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni said he had no knowledge of Haffajee’s arrest.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela was not available for comment, despite numerous attempts to contact him.

HAFFAJEE, who has over 38 years experience as a policeman, was instrumental in the arrests and convictions for the murders of:

• Former Witness crime reporter and photographer Elaine Anderson in October 2007

• Raelin Devnarain (six), who was murdered in a hammer attack by the family gardener in March 2009.

• Samana Road nurse Maalthie Mownchan in September last year.

• Venotha Ince from Mountview in April this year.

• Caroline Rajah in August this year. Rajah was bludgeoned to death by her husband Madhan Maharaj.

Haffajee and his team were awarded a trophy for the best performing detective unit at the Mountain Rise police station awards in December last year.

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