Police boss welcomes protector probe

2012-04-26 12:40

Pretoria - Acting national police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi on Thursday welcomed the public protector's decision to investigate him for alleged abuse of power and improper conduct.

"If there is an investigation I will co-operate 100%, I am actually happy," Mkhwanazi told reporters in Pretoria.

"I will encourage any inquiry from anybody and I will give my full co-operation."

Mkhwanazi said he was a disciplined member of the police and had been fighting crime for as long as he could remember.

"I'm actually happy and I would be very happy if something [an investigation] could happen."

He was responding to a decision by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela who announced on Wednesday that she would investigate allegations that he failed to investigate the abuse of the police's secret intelligence fund.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, his family, and a divisional commissioner had allegedly misused the fund.

Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard had asked Madonsela to investigate the matter. She also claimed she had been told of how Mkhwanazi was part of a group of police officers who had killed an innocent man.

She said she had been informed that Mkhwanazi apparently told about 50 police officers about the incident in March.

  • Kala - 2012-04-26 12:44

    Great another Government employee to be suspended on full pay. Which is why he is welcoming the probe. For the next year or so he can sit at home and receive a salary whilst the investigation is carried out. I'm sure the SA Government has more suspended employees on their payroll that employees actuall doing work

      Kala - 2012-04-26 12:45

      Oh and I use the word "work" as a relative term as there is never any real work done.

      Fussed - 2012-04-26 13:52

      There are now more suspended gov people, on full pay, than unemployed people in sa

  • Shirley - 2012-04-26 12:55

    Yadda yadda yadda!!! They all say that till the paw paw hits the fan! Selebi didnt seem to mind either!

  • Badger - 2012-04-26 13:11

    "FCK ME" can't these people find a police comm who is "alllegedly" not rotten to the core ??????????????????????????????

  • Thoka - 2012-04-26 13:13

    lets wait and see, he sounds confident and sure he looks confident. By the way not all government employees are crooks or fat cats.

      Koos - 2012-04-26 13:27

      Not all but most of them.

      Peter - 2012-04-26 14:13

      of course he looks confident nothing will be done, the charges will be dropped and he will get away scott free. You must be completely naive to think hes confident because hes innocent, hes too far up to be charged and he knows it. Thats why hes confident.

      mike.clery - 2012-04-26 17:22

      Well, she's going to "investigate allegations that he failed to investigate the abuse of the police's secret intelligence fund". Maybe he's confident that it will prove he wasn't *allowed* to investigate.

  • Jono Sacks - 2012-04-26 13:14

    Blah blah blah.....go after the "big fish" involved!!!

  • Koos - 2012-04-26 13:25

    Another paid holiday coming up.

  • Sechaba - 2012-04-26 13:26

    I have never heard of this Acting Police Commissioner but now I read about his wrong doings, where has he been hiding?

  • Francois - 2012-04-26 13:37

    The thing is...............he is at least a career policeman (not a political appointment and also half competent.

      Phillie - 2012-04-26 13:59

      Francois Don't you consider BEE appointments political?

      Francois - 2012-04-26 15:03

      One has to be pragmatic and he is certainly more competent than the previous 2. BTW, Merit appointment has left the building 15 years ago, suck up and face it but if it really bothers you that much, pack your bags and head for NZ of OZ.

      Francois - 2012-04-26 15:20

      ..............and he holds a National Police Diploma and was tough enough to pass the special task force training, which I am told is no joke and just as tough as SAS / SEAL selection.

      Meshack Letswalo - 2012-04-26 16:38

      National Diploma and Bachelor of Arts degree in Policing plus Special Task Force Training. That's Mkhwanazi's qualifications.

  • Kingpin - 2012-04-26 13:39

    He is not Zuma's puppy so they now want him out. Typical SA politics

  • Loo - 2012-04-26 13:44

    EXACTLY what Selebi said

  • berni.venter - 2012-04-26 13:54

    I am so tired of all this cloak and dagger stuff! All political wrangling and I for one am solidly fed up with footing the bill for the big shows of governance under the auspices of 'Commissions'. In other democracies when a senior official or political figure gets accused of wrong doing they step down and hand over to someone else. What is it with South Africans??? Both the officials for stubbornly refusing to step down and ordinary citizens for just sit by an watch this blatant disregard for public expenditure? Hopefully the 2/3rd's majority has reached it's shelf life and we will have a strong opposition party post 2014 that can stand up and make a difference!

  • tg.gumbu - 2012-04-27 02:03

    The guy is innocent,da just want to score politically against the anc

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