The truth will settle this - Panday

2016-05-19 21:02
Thoshan Panday (City Press)

Thoshan Panday (City Press)

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Durban – Controversial businessman Thoshan Panday hopes suspended KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni will get the opportunity to tell the truth about his alleged links to her husband.

“While I do not applaud the suspension, as a democracy and a country that believes in due process, it would be important that Lieutenant General Ngobeni is given the opportunity to put forward the truth of the matter. Maybe then the issue can finally be put to rest,” Panday said on Thursday.

In May, acting national commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane served her a notice of intention to suspend. She was suspended on Thursday.

The move relates to her alleged links with Panday and his associates, who reportedly paid nearly R20 000 for her husband Lucas's birthday party in 2010.

In 2014, The Witness published an exposé entitled "Proof Positive", in which invoices from the party, witness affidavits and police dockets linked Ngobeni and Panday.

Panday allegedly inflated accommodation prices for police officers leading up to and during the 2010 Soccer World Cup, in concert with senior officials in the police's supply chain management department.

The National Prosecuting Authority withdrew charges against Panday and the other officers implicated.

Investigators however recommended that Ngobeni face punitive action, according to a draft copy of an independent forensic audit by PriceWaterhouseCoopers which News24 reported on last year.

The report detailed how Panday allegedly bribed his way to riches, showering Ngobeni and other officers with gifts.

According to the draft report, he spent nearly R150 000 in gifts and favours for supply chain management unit officers Navin Madhoe and Aswin Narainpershad. They allegedly played a direct role in channelling business to Panday’s companies. 

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