How the police minister lied

2012-04-15 11:36

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa lied to you.

City Press can reveal a detailed account of how state funds were used to upgrade Mthethwa’s private residence in KwaZulu-Natal.

This after Mthethwa publicly rubbished reports last week that he had benefited from a crime intelligence “slush fund” to the tune of R200 000.

Mthethwa asserted last week: “The minister wishes to put on record that neither his house in KwaZulu-Natal nor those of his immediate relatives were built, refurbished and paid for with any source of public funds or taxpayers’ coffers.”

But he lied.


In total, R195 581.45 of taxpayers’ money was spent on upgrading the security at Mthethwa’s private residence, as we reported last week.

Presented with the evidence, Mthethwa again didn’t own up. He tersely referred to his request to the Auditor-General to investigate the allegations against him “and would like to allow the process to be carried and concluded".

"He therefore does not wish to comment further pending the investigation,” his spokesperson, Zweli Mnisi, said on Saturday.

Mthethwa was instrumental in suspending a damaging Hawks investigation into the secret fund and lifting the suspension of controversial crime intelligence head Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli.

Mdluli is ultimately in charge of the fund and personally ordered that a security risk assessment be done at Mthethwa’s house in KwaMbonambi.

Below standard

Less than four months after crime intelligence found that security measures at Mthethwa’s house were “below the required minimum standard”, money was paid from the secret services account, and cement, plaster sand and concrete blocks were purchased from local suppliers to build a huge security wall around his property.

City Press has in its possession:

- The risk assessment that was done at Mthethwa’s property by Brigadier T Tshika of the counterintelligence division on Mdluli’s instruction in June 2010;

- A secret services account claim form, dated 14 September 2010, on which a Lieutenant Colonel DG Naidoo requested R70 738.60 “to carry out security upgrades at the minister’s official residence”. The claim was approved by then chief financial officer of crime intelligence Major General Solly Lazarus;

- A second secret services account claim form, dated 13 December 2010, on which Naidoo requested R57 146.30 “to purchase building material and hardware . . . to carry out security upgrades at the minister’s official residence”, which was approved by Lazarus;

- A third secret services account claim form, dated 31 January 2011, on which Naidoo requested R67 696.55 “to purchase building materials and hardware . . . to carry out security upgrades at the residence of the minister of police”, approved by Lazarus.

Naidoo noted this was done “as per instruction of the Divisional Commissioner” – a reference to Mdluli; and

- Copies of invoices from a range of suppliers in and around KwaMbonambi, from which the building materials were sourced.
City Press also has lists of names of labourers and builders who were used to build the wall around Mthethwa’s house, and the wages they were paid. It shows that labourers earned R70 per day on the project and builders R200.

Security threat

According to Tshika’s report to Mdluli, Mthethwa’s property is located along a gravel road “surrounded by overgrown bush, which is considered a security threat”.

A “high-wire mesh fence supported by wooden poles with barbed wire” surrounded the property, but the wire mesh and poles were identified as vulnerable.

“The wooden poles can be easily pulled off, or collapse. This can invite criminals as well as encourage potential criminals to gain access to this property, as it is well known that the premises are used by the minister of police,” Tshika wrote.

The property also didn’t have external alarm sensors, and an outside toilet was identified as a potential “hideout for any planned criminal activities that can be directed at the minister”.

Tshika recommended that the fencing be removed and replaced with a brick boundary wall – which happened.


When City Press visited the property two weeks ago, a huge wall surrounded the property and the entrance was guarded by a big police armoured vehicle and police officers.

Tshika also recommended that a walk-in safe be installed for Mthethwa to store classified documents and that encryption software be installed on his laptop and cellphone.

The Auditor-General’s office confirmed having received Mthethwa’s request “and will be pursuing it, in line with similar requests, as part of our ongoing audit process”.

  • Tanie - 2012-04-15 11:41

    If this is the truth, he will be dealt with accordingly. Thank you.

      Benn - 2012-04-15 11:55

      Sure, that is what the regime does- alternate theft with lying

      Ben - 2012-04-15 11:59

      Yes, removed and be made Minister of Finance.

      Dave - 2012-04-15 12:12

      Ja Oom, wat suip ja nou?

      Koos - 2012-04-15 12:16

      Ja oom, Hierdie SAVAGE het alweer gelieg nè. As jy kan lieg, kan jy steel kan jy moor.

      Livvi - 2012-04-15 12:21

      Hahaha. Ja, he will be dealt with accordingly, either by being suspended on full pay (nice long holiday) or shifted to another position with more pay! To think otherwise, one would have to be totally delusional.

      Roy - 2012-04-15 13:35

      You must be an ANC supporter and that is why you are living in lala land

      Irene - 2012-04-15 17:30

      RoyW ~ The sad thing is that all anCancer supporters have such low morals that they're unable to see how their 'heroes' are robbing them blind. I'm convinced that they were all starved of oxygen at birth - what other explanation can there be for such ingrained sub-intelligence.

      SaintBruce - 2012-04-15 18:24

      Alicia asked if there are any ANC big wigs who do not lie, steal or cheat. Simple question Simple answer - NO , not one. I think by now every department stocked with our "liberation heroes" has been shown to be true to character - lie, steal and cheat. if there is one that isn't - please nominate it!

      CliveK - 2012-04-16 08:18

      If "dealt with" means "swept under the carpet", then I'm sure you are 100% correct.

  • Sharon - 2012-04-15 11:43

    Hmph - are they going to give each of us R 200 000 for walls, armoured vehicles and police security so that we can all enjoy living in JZ's "safe SA"? If the crime rates are dropping as dramatically as they all profess, there should be no need for all of these measures - or are the crime stats a lie too?

      Piet - 2012-04-15 12:02

      I had somebody in my yard last week, if i only i could send a 180gr lead his way. i also want 200k for security upgrades.

  • Morne - 2012-04-15 11:46

    Well, im sure the press has evidence if they back up their story. Now a long process is going to take place before anything happens. If there is evidence, then finish these buggers off quickly! What the use of hearing lame excusses!

  • bluzulu - 2012-04-15 11:47

    Here again is another Black leader that has lost his roots. What is wrong with some of our leadrers? So long we fought for the betterment of all RSA people nopt for a few of our leaders to line their pockets. I sometimes don't blame the Afropeans for being so pessimistic cos' of idots like these. Where is your responsibility to the people. If you are found to have done these deeds you should be charged wit Fraud, loss your cushy job and rot in jail. The freedom fighters of the past spit on you , B*st*rd.

      Piet - 2012-04-15 12:02

      time to vote them out, simple!

      bluzulu - 2012-04-15 18:47

      Read my comment again Bud, Any corruption and criminal behaviour by any persons deserves the consequences. However when you are a leader ,charged with giving RSA the transformation it requires and you line your pockets . That's removing a roof from a family. Once we sort out the social issues RSA will move forward rapidly. Any leader that disadvantages the needy for private gain is frankly in my democracy , set for time behind bars.

  • billidp - 2012-04-15 11:51

    No surprises here ~ the government seems to think that State Funds are their private bank accounts!

      Ronald - 2012-04-15 12:14

      In fact, the see us as ANC ATM's.

  • Athoko Shasha - 2012-04-15 11:56

    The minister was rite he ddnt use tax pay money 2upgrade his house or let me say upgrade it out of his wim. The upgrade was done for his security and im sure dat is in line which watever intelligence or security act dar governs such expenditures. And de necessary procedures were followed. De should be state owned residence built 4ministers in dat expenditures like dis wouldnt occur and it wudnt seem 2de benefit of an individual.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-15 12:01

      Come on now, Honestly please.

      Piet - 2012-04-15 12:04

      brainwashed ne!

      Jonathan - 2012-04-15 12:12

      It's nice to hear from someone who has exclusive knowledge on the matter. Despite all the evidence to the contrary, we should just believe that all is fair and fine in this fairy tale.

      indianajohn - 2012-04-15 12:15


      Bruce - 2012-04-15 12:16

      I might understand better what you are trying to say, if you wrote in decent English, Sure, spelling errors do happen, but that many?

      Arnold - 2012-04-15 12:26

      suggest some speech and elocution lessons bru

      Sheik - 2012-04-15 14:52

      He got a wall built for free!

      Jonathan - 2012-04-16 01:43

      Security at his private residence, not government housing. Since when can a publick official spend taxpayers money on his/her private residence? Whats wrong with you? Can't you use just a little bit of commen sence?

      CliveK - 2012-04-16 08:26

      I'm not sure what language this is, but it seems you are under the influence of some substance, otherwise you couldn't possibly believe the absolute hogwash you've "written". Do you even know what the term "taxpayers' money" means?

  • Judith - 2012-04-15 11:57

    Why aren't we surprised?

  • samoras - 2012-04-15 11:58

    Public protector u got a job to do?

  • Neville - 2012-04-15 11:59

    Once again the poor must just watch and suffer and keep silence

  • Judith - 2012-04-15 12:00

    Rather puts Zuma's statement that South Africa is a safe place to live in the category of an arrant lie. Apparently it is safe behind heavily police guarded walls. It's time our politicians live amongst the people they purport to serve

      Dave - 2012-04-15 12:54

      Please no..we don't want our property values to plummet

      Sheik - 2012-04-15 14:55

      It's in line with the pass one, pass all policy. Just taken one step farther. Make Zuma and friends safe, then everyone's safe.

  • Neville - 2012-04-15 12:01

    VIVA City Press

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-04-15 12:03

    Solution for our money to be stolen is to have 49% votes 4 ANC and 51 for oppositions. Or have DA in power n see the difference between DA N ANC.

  • KCorsar - 2012-04-15 12:05

    get into Parliament and have a security assessment which will lead to a free renovation of your home (private asset); nice one............ Fire his ass President Zuma, state funds are for OFFICIAL state owned property - not private residences!! This and our farmers are being murdered wholesale, WTF..................

  • Dennis - 2012-04-15 12:06

    So he is an ANC minister !! Why are people surprised ???

  • Piet - 2012-04-15 12:08

    He's a lying piece of dog poo... Who believes anyone in goverment?? If you do you're a stupid ,low IQ'ed ANC follower....

  • Arnold - 2012-04-15 12:17

    But did'nt Zuma recently comment about just how safe SA is?

  • Herman - 2012-04-15 12:23

    They all lie and steal the whole time, as soon as any person joins the anc, he or she becomes a criminal.

  • Brad.Kopping - 2012-04-15 12:23

    What would you expect from an ANC MP? They dont care...The only thing they care about is money and thier own wellbeing. THese arent leaders, their theifs.

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-15 13:28

      When will this all stop,maybe when every single taxpayer says enough is enough.

  • Canibus - 2012-04-15 12:24

    Wish we could have same security standards as poor also cos indeed in front of da lord we r equal,while in our Kasi you only see one Van patroling after 7 hours.its enough now no

  • siyadyosiba - 2012-04-15 12:27

    This report is mind boggling. I long for the full investigation report and the findings of wrong doing if there are any. My only hope is that the whole process be expedited for the sake of justice and tax payers.

  • Dave - 2012-04-15 12:30

    I'm still trying to work out of its because they are so stupid that they lie so badly. Or they lie so badly because they just don't care......or both?

      CliveK - 2012-04-16 18:19

      They lie, Dave, because they are so arrogant, knowing there will be no consequences, and because the majority who vote for them are ignorant of what goes on in government. And the ANC wants to keep it that way through poor education and secrecy bills.

  • samgaf - 2012-04-15 12:37

    I am not surprised as this is a tradition

  • Stephen - 2012-04-15 12:41

    Isn't our salaries below standard?

  • komorison - 2012-04-15 12:55

    Big government in our "democracy" will steal your money and 9 times out of 10 get away with it. Time to lock these thieves up! The minister of police, no less. What an absolute joke!!

  • Roy - 2012-04-15 12:57

    And this "maaifoedie" is the Minister of Police? Bet you he will get away with this and told to "repay" the money. What is happening to this country that your government has the biggest lot of crooks and thieves running it?

  • Henry - 2012-04-15 13:02

    The police minister is a human being. He's not the 1st person to do the wrong. There are many more people up there (the parliamentariants, politicians etc) it is only a matter of time before their wrongs are also exposed. He is not an angel, it doesn't come as a surprise. Trying to expose his wrongs I don't think it is of public interest. Currently (a separate matter) the opposition is wasting time (

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-15 13:54

      Human beings dont do this kind of thing in fact not even animals do,human being my a..e.

      sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-15 14:28

      @ Henry... if all people were to accept this corruption(like YOU)and make excuses for these 5 years all the tax money that is supposed to be used for services for YOU and your FAMILY would be gone into these thieves pockets so they can buy JETS,BMW,MERC and 20million rand houses......ARE YOU STUPID...THAT YOU THINK THEY CAN HAVE...AND YOU MUST SUFFER.

  • Henry - 2012-04-15 13:03

    The police minister is a human being. He's not the 1st person to do the wrong. There are many more people up there (the parliamentariants, politicians etc) it is only a matter of time before their wrongs are also exposed. He is not an angel, it doesn't come as a surprise. Trying to expose his wrongs I don't think it is of public interest. Currently (a separate matter) the opposition is wasting time (

      Jim - 2012-04-15 13:06

      Never engage or argue with a fool.......

      mholthuysen - 2012-04-15 13:43

      I had to read your comment three times - he is the POLICE minister - and he stole - in a civilized country that means straight to jail. But reading comments like yours (Henry) I am not surprised why our country is so fu$%ed up and quite frankly uncivilized.

  • Henry - 2012-04-15 13:03

    The police minister is a human being. He's not the 1st person to do the wrong. There are many more people up there (the parliamentariants, politicians etc) it is only a matter of time before their wrongs are also exposed. He is not an angel, it doesn't come as a surprise. Trying to expose his wrongs I don't think it is of public interest. Currently (a separate matter) the opposition is wasting time (

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-15 16:59

      Henry - misuse of public funds is against the law. (If one can actually apply the law in this country.) it is because of this misuse of public funds that we have such poverty and crime in this country. The fact that our government turns a blind eye to this crime and hardship is a very compelling reason for a change of government.

  • kamohelo.olifant - 2012-04-15 13:12

    dats y thy want to implement protection of info bill, to stop newspapers like city press to publish news like this, Anc im glad you a digging yo own crave

      elize.botha1 - 2012-04-15 13:24

      Well done! That's exactly what's happening regarding the info bill!

  • Cornelius - 2012-04-15 13:17

    This story is not adding up. Where is the evidence that the minister lied. These are just allegations without any evidence to support them. This is poor journalism that is only concerned with supporting a certain agenda. Furnish us with the evidence of this capital expenditure otherwise l will conclude that the journalists are the real liars

      malusi.mtetwa - 2012-04-15 14:24

      I am not calling anyone a liar. However I do not believe the article entirely. There is proof that he is revamping his houses security system. No proof that his is using our tax unlawfully. Why don't they take the evidence to who ever is investigating so that we find our from the more trustable sources?

      Cris - 2012-04-15 14:39

      I don't see were the lies are. This article says nothing.

      Cornelius - 2012-04-15 15:25

      Yes, the journalists saw the upgrading at the minister's property but this does not support their conclusion that he is using tax payers' money. What if he is using his own money. At times reporters sensationalise issues to create news for their own selfish interests. They treat people as dwarfs. Unfortunately some people believe everything from newspapers as if it is the gospel from the bible.

  • ndumiso.mncwango - 2012-04-15 13:23

    I really see nothing wrong here

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-15 13:55

      You probably dont see at all boet.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-15 16:55

      You don't see it as wrong that public funds are used for personal purposes? So, obviously the ANC will be getting your vote again next year?

      Zahir - 2012-04-15 21:22

      Zuma and his buddies are emptying SA bank accounts we in trouble there is no money for services for our voters

  • Andrew - 2012-04-15 13:27

    Well! Did we really expect to be told the truth ?? I for one do not trust a single member of our ministers as they are only there to feather their own beds, as I am sure most of South Africans will tell you the same. South Africa you owe me is the slogan of the ANC.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-04-15 13:32

    Oh yes he will be dealt with appropriately - a promotion, passes to a golf course, lavish dinner - it seems with the anc you HAVE TO lie and steal - else you don't cut it...

  • smapedi - 2012-04-15 13:51

    I thought when Zuma re-shaffled the cabinet last year he was cleaning up the mess, but looks like he was introducing worse rotten MP.

  • Elkita - 2012-04-15 14:00

    Make no mistake.They are proud of this stealing and lying.The more they get caught out,the prouder of themsels they get.Altogether very weak genes....

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-15 14:28

    Corrupt to the core!! Sh#t rolls all starts at the top!! Naidoo! Who Nai'd who?

  • Niki - 2012-04-15 14:43

    He needed R200 000 to upgrade the security at his home? But we were told this is a safe country...

  • ephraim.samaai - 2012-04-15 15:26

    journalist must please stop treating the readers as fouls. Not once in this article you gave any proof that the Minister knew about any accounts that show proof that public funds were unlawfully used to make any renovations at his house. Is it show that all Ministers have got guards that are protecting them ?

      mholthuysen - 2012-04-15 16:13

      I presume you meant fool's - and I am not a fool. Easy the renovation was done to his PRIVATE residence; he has an official residence. Since it is his PRIVATE residence the only one who can make adjustments to his property is himself. Tax payers do not pay for PRIVATE issues - but within the ANC private and official seem to be the same - since they believe that they own this country now - hence we are now paying for EVERYTHING. My apologies but only a fool could believe that this is right.

  • Thando - 2012-04-15 17:02

    Ooh shud he b sacked for lying bwt puttn up a fence in his official residence which he is gonna vacate anyway whn his term ends or redeployed sumwhr else?

  • Marion - 2012-04-15 17:55

    Other than this one, no comment.

  • Kevin Avnon - 2012-04-15 18:39

    That's why the ANC need the Info Bill, to cover up corruption and embezzlement of public funds. This will be your downfall...

  • aiazmir - 2012-04-15 18:44

    How can South Africans feel secure when the Minister of Police is a liar, his previous commissioner is in jail for corruption and his successor is under suspicion of murder. Wtf is the ANC so morally corrupt that they can't recognise this? And then our erstwhile President has the audacity to blatantly lie and S A is safe.

  • Lloyd - 2012-04-15 20:09

    normal ANC policy...

  • gailcarolynhayes - 2012-04-15 20:21

    I really have to ask this question. WHO OR WHAT AND WHY are these ministers so in need of protection from? After all they were elected by their own people so what are they so afraid of? Escaped criminal buddies who have escaped perhaps? Shouldn't they be spending the money we pay to ensure these dangerous criminals stay behind high walls with military vehicles just waiting to blow them up of they try something? Just a thought.

  • Tony - 2012-04-15 20:34

    I wonder why there will nerver be hard labour or a death sentencs imposed because guess who will populate the jails the cANCer team.This is no lie

  • Philemon - 2012-04-15 21:15

    Rotten bunch.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-16 07:37

    mmmhmmm i think fire his ass

  • - 2012-04-16 08:23

    this case will be dragged out and then he will be pardoned that's all. the only way to stop corruption is to vote the anc out and get educated people to run this country. long live the DA, long live freedom of corruption, long live, long live

  • mzijimmym - 2012-04-16 17:04

    Thi is the same man who attacked Dr Khoza when he spoke about the moral standards of our putative leaders!This lies must be condemned in the strongest terms.It discouraging really for those of us who vote ANC.

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