Debt judgments won't affect Mokotedi – Hawks

2016-07-03 12:00
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Johannesburg  Gauteng Hawks head, Prince Mokotedi, is eligible for his position despite court judgments against him relating to personal debt, the Hawks said on Sunday.

“He went through hell, but now everything is fine,” said Hawks spokesperson, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, responding to claims by the DA that the court action around Mokotedi's debt rendered him ineligible for security clearance.

“He, just like anyone else, you go through a lull in your life. And just like everyone else, you go through the creditors. That has been done,” said Mulaudzi.

On Sunday, a member of the Democratic Alliance representing the party in the provincial legislature, Kate Lorimer, said Mokotedi still had no security clearance, and should not get it.

“He has two court judgments against him for outstanding debt,” she said in a statement.

'Just politics'

Lorimer said the judgments were handed down in December last year. They involved R1m for a bond, R100 480 for a credit card, and an amount of R9 559 owed on an Absa credit card.

“With these judgments against him, he would never qualify for security clearance as they would, one assumes, make him a high risk for future corrupt or criminal activity,” Lorimer said.

Mulaudzi said the opposition party was “making an issue out of nothing. Just politics”.

He said getting security clearance took time, and that Moketedi was in the final stages of the process. Part of it involved looking into his finances. The last check was a polygraph test.

“It does not take overnight. It depends on the availability of the investigators from crime intelligence and state security,” Mulaudzi explained, adding that he did not yet have full security clearance and was also in the final stages of the vetting procedure.

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