Mkhwanazi: I'm ready for any probe

2012-06-07 22:31

Pretoria - Acting police commissioner Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi said on Thursday that he was ready for any investigation into allegations that he looted the crime intelligence fund.

"I would welcome the public protector, Parliament, the United Nations or anyone to investigate me," Mkhwanazi told reporters in Pretoria.

There was an ongoing plot "to discredit the management of the police", he said.

"The [SA Police Service] management and the crime intelligence division in particular are highly disturbed by the reports reflected in some newspapers reporting untrue reports for reasons unknown to me," he said.

"It is important to note and record that a total of 149 vehicles in the region of R35m were bought in the last quarter of the financial year 2011/12 for the distribution of crime intelligence activities in all nine provinces."

Mkhwanazi was responding to a report in The Star newspaper on Thursday that he allowed the use of R35m from the Secret Service Account for the purchase of cars for other police units.

According to the report, the allegations were contained in a report which would be handed to Parliament's joint standing committee on intelligence next week.

"The average cost of each vehicle was approximately R235 000," he said.

"More importantly, not a single of these 149 newly-procured vehicles were moved to another division within the SAPS as suggested in the article."

The Democratic Alliance has called on the Auditor General to investigate the allegations.

DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said it was suspicious that allegations of a direct contravention of the Secret Service Act had emerged after Mkhwanazi suspended former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli.

"The timing of the revelations is curious, considering the recent bold actions by Mkhwanazi and the ongoing factional battles within crime intelligence and the broader police service," she said.

"Mkhwanazi appears to have fallen out of favour with President [Jacob] Zuma and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa after he suspended Richard Mdluli, in apparent defiance of the executive's wishes."

Zuma appointed Mkhwanazi as acting police commissioner on 24 October after he suspended Bheki Cele pending the outcome of an investigation into "unlawful" police lease agreements.

Mkhwanazi joined the police force in 1993 and was deployed in the public order policing unit.

He was then appointed to the special task force. He was promoted to head of the task force in 2005 and was given the rank of major general.

  • al.chemist.7106 - 2012-06-07 22:38

    Any probe? *snaps rubber glove* Now you going to feel how the rest of South Africa feels

      EricksonTL - 2012-06-07 22:44

      I thought the same thing! Made me think of the very first episode of Southpark!

      Curry - 2012-06-08 04:48

      "Pappa wag vi' jou!!"

      wesley.nel.5 - 2012-06-08 06:24

      Perhaps it is time to start doing background checks before appointing these people. Or better scrap the position, because they are more on special leave and investigated that they are in the office

      John - 2012-06-08 06:44

      Hehe! I thought the same thing! He's lucky he doesn't live in the USA, all their aliens seem to be proctologists!!! I'm sure they'd just LOVE to 'probe' him.... ;) gloves...l

      Andre - 2012-06-08 07:20

      He, Mkhwanazi, is being set-up (framed) because he suspended Mdluli who is the favourite of Zuma and his cronies. Mkhwanazi did what was right but now he needs to be removed, and this is the start of the witch hunt to oust him. They don't want someone as chief of police whom they can't control and who is honest!

      Consolata - 2012-06-08 08:18

      @andre. I agree, he is being set up. Correct me if i'm wrong but was it not mduli who has access to the secret stash funds and used it for his family. Mkwanzi has been a career cop for about 20 years now, if he wanted to steal from the fund he would have done it already. \r\nThere allegations seem to be a whole lot of bull.

      Steve - 2012-06-08 08:27

      Aint no smoke without a fire.

      nsele2 - 2012-06-08 08:29

      @Andre, why SAns like conspiracies? has anyone ever verified that Mdluli is a Zuma favorate? has anyone ever bothered to note dat wen Zuma was fighting against apartheid, Mdluli was already in the police set up and woeking againsts the freedom fighters, has anyone actually thought that it may be possible that Zuma himself want Mdluli out but had to find reason? just a point!!

      anthonycharles.williams - 2012-06-08 08:35

      1 meter long 60d pipe will do...

      Denis - 2012-06-08 08:45

      I think South Africans are a funny lot. You want your cops working in the Flying Squad to chase after thieves in 1.4l Toyota Yaris sedans or those Ford bakkies? Lol...they deserve the Golf 6s and the BMW 3.5is. I do not see anything wrong with that. I was agianst it until I witnessed a successful police chase...the crooks couldn't outrun the cops. What I am against is looting for one's personal use. If Mkwananzi did that, then let him be investigated.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-06-08 09:18

      Perhaps an Alien probe instead? From Uranus or Zimbabwe? hehe.

      John - 2012-06-08 09:19

      @denis: maybe you're right! - we could kit them with dodge and mustang muscle cars with lekker police-coloured fluorescent lights at the bottom, and bull-bars like mad-max cars....and handy uzi's to kop-skiet the thief-bl*ksems...would be epic...

      Jacqui - 2012-06-08 13:00

      Andre knows the whole story, he was there.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-08 13:02

      Consolate he didn't steal, he gave permission for others to use the money, and they were less than honest.

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-06-07 22:42

    Another one? Eish! The cookie jar must be near empty by now.

      Godfrey - 2012-06-07 23:18

      I get the feeling the "big boys" is not to happy with him for acting against Mdluli. Similar tactics when Public Protector reported on Cele.

      Colin - 2012-06-08 02:43

      Are there any honest cops around and you are right the cookie jar must be empty by now

      aristar.aristary - 2012-06-08 05:57

      It is a very big cookie jar, but one has to fight to get one's hand in, because there are so many hands are in there. Anyway, the wonderful taxpayer just keeps putting more and more in and so there is more and more to take.

  • Sharon - 2012-06-07 22:43

    It is so sad that people are so easily discredited when they go after the big fish. Glnnis Breytenbach is still suspended because of Richard Mdluli, seems Nhlanhla is headed for the same fate. It would appear that Richard Mdluli is untouchable, as everyone who has tried have crashed and burned. I really want this guy to be brought to justice.

      k.tlokotsi - 2012-06-07 23:37

      You and the whole of South Africa, Mduli is rotting the fabric of our nation and it seems anyone that stands up to him gets shot down very quickly. Kinda makes you wonder what kind of dirty secrets he has on the ruling party's leadership, he was crime intelligence boss afterall...

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-07 23:58

      Then find out what it is that he has in his possession that has everyone running scared.

      Steve - 2012-06-08 08:31

      Methinks that if these croney-canaries had to sing, we would hear some astounding revelations.

  • Georg - 2012-06-07 22:45

    Is there any credible figure left in the SA Police Farce?

      Lucille - 2012-06-08 05:41

      yes dont judge all of us.\r\nI am

      Lucille - 2012-06-08 05:41

      yes dont judge all of us.\r\nI am

  • Eye's Cue - 2012-06-07 22:45

    Be humble Sir, you won't be the first one to deny it when fingers are pointed at you and you won't be the last when you are left 'eating porrige'???

  • Henry - 2012-06-07 22:48

    Does this include an anal probe?

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-08 03:19

      Why, do you wanna watch?

  • thebe.tau - 2012-06-07 22:51

    I agree with DA, it is suspicious how they now want to probe him after he suspended Mdluli, I smell fish and it is not coming from where I am.

      k.tlokotsi - 2012-06-07 23:39

      Almost as if the ANC is warning anyone who wants to bring Mduli to justice to back off or else. These are some proper playground bully tactics...

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-07 23:56

      I think Mdluli has "insurance". He has probably got really incriminating evidence of dirty tricks and is calling the shots. Time will tell ...

      Dee - 2012-06-08 03:43

      Yes- and if Mkhwanazi spent the money on police vehicles for several provinces - then he should surely be congratulated on money well spent. There were apparently no 'personal use' nor luxury Mercedes SLK's purchases in The Star report. It's not surprising that attempts being made to 'smear' this brave mans name - so I hope the investigation is very rapid.

      aristar.aristary - 2012-06-08 06:00

      Remember that when you point one finger out, four are pointing back towards you. I wonder why Mr Zuma is so quiet these days. The government is like a Punch and Judy show, full of misdirection and prestidigitation.

  • fhulufhelo.frederick - 2012-06-07 23:04

    Leave my commander alone dnt jurge a man b4 walking a mile on his shoes

      Henk - 2012-06-07 23:28

      Do you have a white stick?

      Allen - 2012-06-08 00:20

      another cop who couldn't take a statement that would make any sense. Sheltered employment for cretins!

      Hudayfah - 2012-06-08 01:46

      i would find it difficult to walk a mile on anyones shoes,even my own

      Stuart - 2012-06-08 06:35

      Back in the day we used to expect the afrikaner government to stuff up every so often, and they did, and we laughed and moved on to the next gaff. This current lot, though, seem intent on taking us all down with them. Did anyone read The Times article Ineptocracy? Truly scary that, according to the article, we are where we are as a country.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-08 13:05

      Henk, he is a stick.

  • lotus.river.5 - 2012-06-07 23:05

    Smells very much of richard mdluli and richard mthethwa meddling. Accusing him of looting the secret fund and buying cars but moving them to another division?doesn't even seem as bad as buying cars for yourself.stand your ground mkhwanazi, I am behind cheering you on to good policing work!

      Bless Boswell - 2012-06-07 23:54

      Surely it's easy to prove where the vehicles are? Is there not an asset register? Also, if vehicles are required elsewhere for police business - what is wrong with that?

      aristar.aristary - 2012-06-08 06:02

      @Bless Boswell: an asset register, that is one of the easiest things to forge, unless it is maintained by the most honest person in the world and I have yet to meet anyone of that calibre in South Africa.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-08 13:08

      Lotus, Mthethwa also drove an expensive Jeep Cherokee bought from this slush fund. What amuse the heck out of me is that this fund was inherited from the Apartheid government and this lot thought it so gungho they kept it.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-08 13:09

      Bless what police work can you do in a Mercedes?, How do you catch thieves in a limousine?.

  • Henk - 2012-06-07 23:28

    Want some KY Mkhwanazi?

  • k.tlokotsi - 2012-06-07 23:31

    Before we put the guy on trial let us first consider the timing of this alleged probe.... Very suspicious to say the least. This should serve as a warning to any law enforcement officer that sets to bring RICH Mdluli to justice because something always seems to pop up against them after they do. Then again if our acting commisioner is guilty of misconduct, he like the rest of us deserves to be brought to justice for that. All of this is still a bit suspect though, just saying...

  • Boer - 2012-06-07 23:37

    Ai lyk my almal is vrot van korrupgeid in daai land. Dis nou die ANC ape waarvan ek praat.

  • Bob - 2012-06-08 00:02

    I have a gut feel that Mkhwanazi will come out of these allegations clean...! Mthethwa, Mdluli and Zuma are plotting against him, because he will not be their puppet! They are he bad eggs that need to be investigated fully and fired….Zuma included…!

  • Nicholas - 2012-06-08 01:23

    Yebo, that is what they all say. If they are found guilty they deny it and start blaming the judgement on a political conspiracy and then go on appeal. If the appeal fails it then it is usually the judiciary that has not "transformed" enough. I cannot wait for the day (if it ever comes) that we start getting better quality people into positions of power. These clowns should be made to pay for their own court appearances.

      sdconradie - 2012-06-08 03:39

      Nicholas, I have a feeling that this may actually be a conspiracy. Mkhwanazi is ex-task force, from the days when you skin colour had nothing to do with your selection. I have (white) friends who are cops that confirmed this. He is a hard bastard who not willing be another ANC puppet, so they are trying to discredit him

  • sdconradie - 2012-06-08 03:27

    I really hope these allegations are false. Mkhwanazi seems to be one of the good guys. He is willing to risk his ass to make tough decisions and fight the those fights that need fighting. I've heard from people I know in the police that the colour of his skin had nothing to do with his quick rise through the ranks. And that was coming from white cops

  • francois.greeff.98 - 2012-06-08 04:47

    @sdconradie. Exactly, I would love to see all of these critics pass task force selection...............and he has got the necessary academic accolades as well. This man would have been a good choice as commissioner, even under the old regime. Anyway, these allegations sounds a bit like dirty washing by certain factions in the ANC.

      Keith - 2012-06-08 09:00

      I agree with you. This man stood up and had a spine and suspended that useless poor excuse for a human being Mdluli. He has come out and said investigate me, bring it on and my nose is clean. Lets see what happens and if he is guilty then he must go and if not then we have the best candidate to run our Police. I like this man and think he is good for the police.

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-06-08 04:48

    I saw it coming, and it smells a rat. Richard Mdluli, Nathi Mthethwa and Zuma behind the scene. I for one cannot crucify a guy like Mkhwanazi, neither trialed him in the media, all because he is an ANC affiliate. As citizens we have to be better than that. Regardless of political camps we should applaud the gud men who upholds the country and constitution.I wll certainnly make a huge noise if any investigation finds him guilty.

  • francois.greeff.98 - 2012-06-08 04:53

    ........and Mkhwanazi is the epitome of the Zulu warrior of old, tough and courageous, a real modern day Shaka Zulu. Whatever your politics, one has to have respect for the man. ............and he joined the then SAP in the pre-"freedom" period.

      Keith - 2012-06-08 09:00

      100% Tough son of a b8tch who doesn't take crap from anyone, I like it!

  • Hadebe - 2012-06-08 05:18

    Someone is bent on discrediting every black leader, matters not if they are good or bad. Good Lord have mercy!

      Loo - 2012-06-08 13:05

      Nope just the ones that steal ... Yip your'e right ,, every ANC senior cop fits that profile at the moment. Oh and its not cause they're black it's cause they're corrupt.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-06-08 05:54

    I hope these allegations are false.Mr Mkhwanazi is currently doing a great job.Lets hope this is no plot against him.He suspended Bheki Cele,an ANC heavyweight from JZ's camp

      sikhumbuzok - 2012-06-08 06:22

      Wrong! Cele was suspended by Zuma. He is acting in Cele's position. Don't involve ANC here, this is a SAPS issue

      Keith - 2012-06-08 09:03

      @sikhumbuzok Why not involve the ANC here, the created this issue way back by putting their ANC cronies in these positions(Selebi,Cele and Mdluli). It should of been a police issue but their cookie jar was too tempting for the cANCer.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-08 06:08

    I think it goes beyond the SAPS. The heart of the matter is : There is no direction. " I do just what is good for me and the ANC" . And this is the leadership everyone of us suffers under. It comes from arrogance at the top and is supported by the ignorance at the bottom. A fatal combination.

  • - 2012-06-08 06:30

    Is there absolutely no-one with clean hands in the ANC hierarchy? Each appointee for top jobs has so much baggage and dirty linen.

  • Wayne - 2012-06-08 06:39

    I suspect Mkhwanazi is taking his "acting" position too seriously and doing his job too well for the likes of those in power. Let the investigation take its course. The proof of the pudding as they say is in the eating. Just cant help the feeling that JZ's dirty tricks department is up to something again.

      Keith - 2012-06-08 09:04

      He's working too hard and its not the ANC way, he must go now apparently

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-06-08 06:52

    Dis allegations are false. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi is doing a great job. He takes fair decisions in a right tym. He is a good guy fr dis job after Selebi n Cele

  • Khayoh Mfiswah - 2012-06-08 06:52

    Dis allegations are false. Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi is doing a great job. He takes fair decisions in a right tym. He is a good guy fr dis job after Selebi n Cele

      Keith - 2012-06-08 09:05

      Got you first time brother

  • luzukotosh - 2012-06-08 07:08

    They also accused the public protector or dirty dealings but they never came out, its the last kicks of a dying horse. Viva mkhwanazi Viva

  • Peter - 2012-06-08 07:11

    I have some friends from Uranus that have heard about the black holes and would oblige with a probe......:-)

  • robert.mevo - 2012-06-08 07:15

    dat 1 s a hot posetion,u wl neva last.Ask cele n selebi dey wl tl u about dose investigators.dey dig de past n alive.close ur mouth dot ever talk about dem bcs dey know deir duty.

      Jacqui - 2012-06-08 13:12

      Robert,mevo, If you say so. Although what the heck you are saying is beyond me.

  • clive.brink - 2012-06-08 07:16

    Please give it a bone now and leave Gen Mkhwanazi alone. He is doing a sterling job under difficult circumstances that he inherited. There is nothing wrong with spending money from one budget and utilising in others where operational requirements dictate. Obviously the SAPS Crime Intelligence Fund was padded by other people for their own nefarious reasons. Well done general for spending this money to improve the efficiency of the SA Police Services.

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  • Vicky - 2012-06-08 07:25

    ROFLMAO! Gotta love the heading!

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  • Stlouis Heidtmann - 2012-06-08 08:04

    he looks much more policeman than gangster boy cele maybe he is not a dumb corrupted anc idiot i hope

  • Deon Du Plessis - 2012-06-08 08:23

    Is it not amazing, the minute one of the top people get caught with their hand in the till, it is always "a political plot to get rid of them"?

  • Ako - 2012-06-08 09:04

    Even a blind man can see that this is a plot because Mkhwanazi suspended Mdluli, I believe that Mkhwanazi is clean let's wait and see after investigation. For those who believe news paper cannot just write something which is not there remember most newspapers relies on allegations and lies.\ Jy lig soos die koorant\

  • John - 2012-06-08 09:18

    @denis: maybe you're right! - we could kit them with dodge and mustang muscle cars with lekker police-coloured fluorescent lights at the bottom, and bull-bars like mad-max cars....and handy uzi's to kop-skiet the thief-bl*ksems...would be epic...

  • Loo - 2012-06-08 09:49

    Theres a better chance of Juju passing std 5 woodwork than there is in us getting a honest senior police official. Were doomed.

  • Andrew - 2012-06-08 09:55

    He seems pretty confident. I don't see zuma giving access to be audited like that. Let them check it out. ANC is a mess and dying as a group. If they were a company they would liquidated. There's more fighting in the party and courts and no time for service delivery.

      john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-06-08 10:23

      I think a full audit should be done, lets find out for certain who has stolen what and then charge the lot with crimes against the tax payer.

  • john.lonsdale.5 - 2012-06-08 10:20

    Haa Haa Gen Mkhwanazi discovered Mdlul's private retirement fund payed for by the tax payer and said to himself, not likely mate, and then recovered it and bought the SAPS some decent motors with the cash for the cops to chase the robbers, good redirection of resources I say?

  • maritza.meyer - 2012-06-08 10:43

    That headline hahahaha xD

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-06-08 11:45

    me thinks it is you who wants to probe the 50 year old and single public protector ,o stout wena Nhlanhla

  • Jacqui - 2012-06-08 12:59

    So said Selebi, so said Cele, so said Mduli and we don't believe you. One thing is certain if Livinstone ever come back to earth and visit Africa again, beads and mirrors are not going to do it. He will at least have to bring some Jeep Cherokees.

  • Loo - 2012-06-08 13:02

    "Mkhwanazi: I'm ready for any probe" careful what you wish for ... You might end up getting a bit more probing than you expect in Paulsmore.

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