Police minister denies graft claims

2012-04-08 21:28

Johannesburg - Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa has denied City Press reports that the Hawks are investigating claims that he used nearly R200 000 from a crime intelligence fund to make renovations to his KwaZulu-Natal home.

The Sunday paper also claimed that Mthethwa was trying to quash the investigation into himself and two other high ranking police officers accused of colluding with him.

The claims were made in a "top secret" police report given last month to acting police chief General Nhlanhla Mkhwanazi, according to City Press.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela was not immediately available to comment on the article's claim of a Hawks investigation, while Mthethwa in a statement on Sunday strongly denied all the claims.

According to City Press, crime intelligence boss Lieutenant General Richard Mdluli and finance head Major General Solly Lazarus were both named in the report.

Mdluli had been suspected of looting crime intelligence resources by misusing state vehicles, safe houses, and a police travel agency. He was suspended and then reinstated. The minister was instrumental in having Mdluli reinstated, the paper said.

The report claims that the minister was also instrumental in reinstating Lazarus who was also suspended - going against the will of the acting police chief.

'Security renovations'

According to the alleged police report, Mthethwa had extensive "security renovations" made to his house, after Mdluli conducted a risk assessment in May 2010.

The payments were approved by Lazarus and were illegal as the secret fund was meant to only finance covert counter-crime operations, the newspaper said.

It further claimed that Hawks investigators found that the minister drove a luxury Mercedes-Benz SUV that was bought for him by crime intelligence from the secret fund. He allegedly drove the car between March 2010 and June 2011.

The minister denied all allegations in a statement released by his office on Sunday.

Spokesperson Zweli Mnisi said Mthethwa had on Sunday "telephonically requested the auditor general to investigate these allegations and will be formally writing to him urgently.

"Minister Mthethwa wishes to reiterate that no state funds were used in renovating his private residence or those of his immediate relatives.

"He has also not seen or used the Mercedes Benz car that is falsely attributed to him. The only involvement of the police was conducting a security threat analysis around the house once it was completed.

"We hope this investigation will unmask those behind these continuous false accusations against the minister and their motives."

Mthethwa also issued a response which was published in the same edition of the paper, denying the allegations levelled against him.

  • vuyo.zuccherro.gqwaru - 2012-04-08 21:46

    Did anybody actually expect him to say yes I'm guilty, lock me up? He's in the ANC, the first lesson they get taught at the ANC boot camp is DENY, DENY and DENY some more.

      Robert - 2012-04-09 00:42

      The time has come Xhosa against Zulu. Zuma is and will fight or cause a fight in these lines. Good luck. Your carders will choose their sides, its becomming to obvious. Your play is too thick Zuma and you are killingn this country.

  • Ian - 2012-04-08 21:50

    Like I have said before, we really need a dictator who will sort out all these corrupt people. There should be a coup in South Africa so that the military takes over. I am sure a dictator with people's interests at heart will serve us better. South African are cowards. Look at what Muslims are doing. They are tearing their regimes up. I guest it will not happen in this country because we are devided along racial line. I will be at Library Gardens tomorrow. Can someone join me. That should our Tahriq Square.

      Raymond - 2012-04-08 21:58

      YES. I AGREE.It seems like we are led by a Band of thieves.THE resistance to stealing is a bridge too far.It must be in the genes.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-04-08 22:10

      Ian, the ANC owns the military, so that's not going to work...

  • Raymond - 2012-04-08 21:52

    They are ALL cut from the same cloth.It is a gift to resist stealing.Does this never come to an end.

      adam - 2012-04-08 22:02

      The anc is giving the impression that all blacks are like this.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-08 21:57

    A Police Minister who's job it is to see that all citizens obey the laws of the land.... which he himself has no intention of doing...I don't know whether to laugh or cry.....maybe a good laugh...come on Trevor N.... here is a new piece of material to use in your shows.

      fhatun1 - 2012-04-08 22:16

      Hope the Hawks are buzy with investigation of Gautrain Tender more expecialy on the bus how Unntrans get it.

  • Scouter - 2012-04-08 21:59

    SA could learn much from the way Westminster responded to the recent MP's expenses scandal. Guilty MPS were swiftly under lock and key. Ooops, sorry I forgot - the Brits have a strange form of government known as a democracy so this comment is not relevant to SA corruption. Silly oversight on my behalf.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-08 22:09

    Maybe he'll also get a presidential pardon?

      John - 2012-04-09 05:12

      If they manage to convict him(which I doubt) he'll get that mystery Selebi kidney ailment, for which a pardon is the only cure.

  • Graham - 2012-04-08 22:39

    So it's true then! Whenever they deny it, it's true. Don't want to buck the trend here, all your colleges are doing it.

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-04-09 00:08

    Another bigwig caught with his hand in the cookie-jar! Why the hell am I paying taxes 4 just so these bloody crooks can live the high life whilst I get poorer by the day???? Time 4 a revolution 2 oust the ANC; things were bad under the Nats but bloody hell not this corrupt!

  • Eddy - 2012-04-09 01:16

    Where there is smoke there is fire? Where there is an ANC there is corruption. Guilty till proven innocent!

  • whoowhoohoo - 2012-04-09 07:11

    Hallo Zimbabwe, here we come is now old hat, we have arrived !

  • Cylvesta - 2012-04-09 07:34

    denied as expected

  • Andrew - 2012-04-09 07:49

    Typical of this corrupt ANC govt.. Bet it is washed under the carpet or strings are pulled so that it goes away as usual. Bring back the scorpions. They were the only ones that achieved success with these high profile crimes. The Hawks are under the Minister so guess what???

  • Patrick - 2012-04-09 07:56

    Minister to the best organized crime thugs in South Africa the SAPS with a president in support, no wonder we are the laughing stock the world over, but then this is Africa

      sachasea - 2012-04-09 12:43

      Why does our police service seem to be 'vrot' from head to tail?

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-04-09 08:04

    Have pity on the Hawks, people...they must have an overwhelming amount of cases to deal with.....and these Top Brass ANC MP'S ...jusssssst keep addddding new cases on a daily bases. Corrrrrutp...Thieves.

  • Sidney - 2012-04-09 10:01

    Honesty and being an ANC minister can not occupy the same body, major conflict, illness and even death may occur. What do you expect when the majority of the electorate vote the ANC into power over and over again because they believe they owe the ANC a debt of gratitude. This has basically led to a democratically elected dictatorship and the people at the top are untouchable, or so they think.

  • Jacques - 2012-04-09 11:00

    Always the spokesperson sent out to blow some smoke while the minister pours himself another Johnnie Walker Blue and puffs of a Cuban (in this case, behind a 200 000 buck wall consisting of the houses of homeless people)

  • paul.prinsloo3 - 2012-04-09 12:56

    Why admit when denial so often leads to exoneration?

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