Arrested 'Captain KGB' appears in court

2018-01-18 12:38
Morris “Captain KGB” Tshabalala as he leaves the Commercial Crimes Court in Tshwane. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

Morris “Captain KGB” Tshabalala as he leaves the Commercial Crimes Court in Tshwane. (Alex Mitchley, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Pretoria - Crime Intelligence (CI) officer Morris "Captain KGB" Tshabalala, a convicted criminal, pitched up to see his probation officer in a Crime Intelligence vehicle, despite claiming he is unemployed, the Commercial Crimes Court heard on Thursday. 

News24 can now reveal that the CI officer with ties to former national police commissioner Khomotso Phahlane, who was arrested by Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) officials on Tuesday at the Department of Correctional Services in Tshwane, is Morris "Captain KGB" Tshabalala. 

Read: Crime intelligence officer with links to Phahlane arrested for fraud

Tshabalala appeared in court on five charges related to fraud, theft and corruption after he allegedly defrauded the CI’s secret service account of over R500 000. 

"In the charge sheet, he says he is unemployed, but he pitched up in a Crime Intelligence vehicle to see his probation officer," State prosecutor Chris Smith told the court. 

Tshabalala’s advocate, whose name could not be obtained by News24, contradicted his client's claims of unemployment, saying that this matter should be handled with caution as the court was dealing with an individual involved with the security affairs of the country. 

Possible links to airport heist

According to an affidavit seen by News24, Tshabalala made two requests for blinds and curtains for safe houses in Pretoria, which were submitted by Captain KGB and authorised by a major general, to the tune of R563 005. The sum was paid out in cash.

Tshabalala was convicted in 1996 for armed robbery, but never reported for his prison sentence, going on the run whilst still working for CI as a fugitive until he was rearrested in 2013.

He then spent two years in prison before being released on parole, and allegedly re-employed or re-absorbed into CI.   

IPID said that Phahlane was involved in the re-employment of Tshabalala. 

Smith asked for a postponement to determine Tshabalala's employment status and to ascertain whether he has links to the multi-million OR Tambo heist in 2017. 

"Does he work for CI or not? Is he protected by CI or not?" Smith asked. 

The State told News24 at the time of the heist that R20.7m worth of banknotes from Standard Bank were stolen at the airport on March 7, 2017. However, some reports hint that it could have been as much as R200m.

At the time, News24 reported that, according to Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), a bakkie marked as a police vehicle and a white vehicle drove, with sirens and flashing blue lights, into a security entrance of the airport to steal the money.

The matter has been postponed to Friday for a formal bail application.


Read more on:    pretoria  |  crime

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.