Nkandla top cop rubbishes charges claim

2014-11-12 00:00

A STORM is brewing in the police’s upper echelons after the Democratic Alliance accused Nkandla’s top cop of facing criminal charges.

The party claimed that Nkandla’s station commissioner Bongani Xulu had been arrested on charges of attempted murder and vehicle theft last month.

Police spokesperson Colonel Jay Naicker said that their system reflected that Xulu had been charged in a case of theft of a motor vehicle.

There was no record of an attempted murder charge.

“The docket has been submitted to the senior public prosecutor for a decision on whether or not to prosecute. We cannot confirm that an arrest was made,” Naicker said.

Xulu yesterday rebuffed claims against him as “rubbish”.

“People have a tendency to spread false information.

“While I am not authorised to speak to you, what I will say is that the allegations are rubbish.

“I have never been arrested and I am not a suspect in any investigation. I am at work,” he stressed.

Xulu had personally received DA parliamentary leader Musi Mmaimane last year when he registered a case of corruption against President Jacob Zuma.

The now embattled station commander has been in the headlines ­before, when his district received top honours at a provincial police awards ceremony in 2012, for their outstanding commitment to crime prevention in their area.

His son, also a police officer, was shot and killed by a colleague in February.

DA Provincial leader Sizwe Mchunu led the charge against Xulu, insisting that they had been “extremely ­disturbed” by the revelation, that was made by an unnamed source.

“Station commissioners are ­expected to be custodians of law enforcement.

“For a person in this position to be arrested in connection with a crime is a serious indictment against the image and integrity of the police,” he said.

Mchunu added that Nkandla’s police force appeared divided by allegations of nepotism which had been made against Xulu.

“These issues have also been brought to the DA’s attention.

“Apparently this is particularly true when it comes to the allocation of tools of the trade, such as vehicles within this police station,” he said.

“Should these claims regarding Commissioner Xulu prove to be founded, we expect the MEC of Community Safety Willies Mchunu to suspend him immediately pending the outcome of a full and proper investigation by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate,” Mchunu added.

Mchunu’s spokesperson Kwanele Ncalane did not respond to questions at the time of going to press last night.

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