KZN top cop's suspension lifted

Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni
Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni

Durban - KwaZulu-Natal police commissioner Mmamonnye Ngobeni is back at work after her suspension was set aside by the Durban High Court on Wednesday. 

"The decision to set up a board of inquiry has been set aside and the decision to suspend her has also been set aside, both permanently," Ngobeni's attorney Ravindra Maniklall said. 

News24 previously reported that Ngobeni was served with a notice of intention to suspend her by Acting National Police Commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane in May. She was placed on suspension on May 19. 

She had then approached the court for relief.

Maniklall said this was a landmark decision that would affect provincial commissioners countrywide. 

"The court rules that the acting national commissioner does not have the powers to investigate and discipline the provincial commissioner. The judge also ruled that a decision to establish a commission of inquiry was premature and unlawful," said Maniklall. 

He said it was not about winning the case, but about justice being served. 

"It is about following proper procedures. The provincial commissioner is back at work fulfilling her official duties to keep our province safe," he said. 

In the judgement, handed down by Judge Nkosinathi Chili, he ordered that her suspension and the board of inquiry into her fitness to hold office be set aside and that the police bear the costs of Ngobeni's application.

Her suspension related to her links to Durban businessman Thoshan Panday and his associates, who reportedly paid nearly R20 000 for her husband Lucas's birthday party in 2010.

The bash, thrown by Panday, came at a time when the controversial businessman was a suspect in a fraud investigation.

The National Prosecuting Authority had declined to prosecute her. 

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
When a Covid-19 vaccine for under 16's becomes available, will you be taking your children to get it?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes, immediately!
38% - 4078 votes
I'll wait to see how others respond
26% - 2775 votes
No, I don't think they need it
36% - 3915 votes
Vote
ZAR/USD
15.29
(-0.52)
ZAR/GBP
21.24
(-0.12)
ZAR/EUR
18.29
(-0.11)
ZAR/AUD
11.81
(-0.08)
ZAR/JPY
0.14
(-0.10)
Gold
1700.44
(+0.04)
Silver
25.20
(+0.16)
Platinum
1128.01
(+0.31)
Brent Crude
69.67
(+3.93)
Palladium
2329.95
(+0.62)
All Share
68271.19
(+0.78)
Top 40
62788.64
(+0.87)
Financial 15
12759.80
(+0.67)
Industrial 25
87613.31
(-0.32)
Resource 10
70801.78
(+2.36)
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes morningstar logo