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CityPress - - News - ABRAM MASHEGO abram.mashego@city­press.co.za

se­nior of­fi­cial who queried the ap­point­ment of Deputy Po­lice Min­is­ter Mag­gie So­tyu’s daugh­ter to a top job in the In­de­pen­dent Po­lice In­ves­tiga­tive Di­rec­torate (Ipid) has been sus­pended. Seven sources in the po­lice’s watchdog body said the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s chief di­rec­tor of cor­po­rate ser­vices, Nomkhosi Net­sianda, was sus­pended on Wed­nes­day.

Net­sianda’s crime, ac­cord­ing to a let­ter City Press has seen, was that she al­legedly leaked in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing Boniwe So­tyu’s ap­point­ment.

She is also ac­cused of storm­ing out of a meet­ing at which se­nior Ipid of­fi­cials dis­cussed drop­ping a court chal­lenge to Po­lice Min­is­ter Nathi Nh­leko’s al­leged in­ter­fer­ence in the func­tion­ing of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which was launched by its sus­pended head Robert McBride.

Last month, City Press re­ported that Boniwe So­tyu was ap­pointed as the Free State’s deputy di­rec­tor of in­ves­ti­ga­tions even though she had never con­ducted in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­fore and her qual­i­fi­ca­tions were lim­ited to a cer­tifi­cate from the Safety and Se­cu­rity Sec­tor Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Au­thor­ity.

Doc­u­ments that City Press pub­lished con­tained Net­sianda’s hand­writ­ten ob­jec­tion to the ap­point­ment. She wrote that Boniwe So­tyu had nei­ther the qual­i­fi­ca­tions nor ex­pe­ri­ence for the job. But she was ap­pointed any­way, with act­ing Ipid head Is­rael Kga­manyane say­ing in a mem­o­ran­dum that she had scored the most points of all the can­di­dates. The depart­ment of po­lice has over­sight of Ipid.

Shortly af­ter City Press’ ex­posé, Kga­manyane threat­ened staff mem­bers with lie de­tec­tor tests and a State Se­cu­rity Agency in­ves­ti­ga­tion into who had leaked the in­for­ma­tion.

Kga­manyane, who three Ipid sources said was “close” to the deputy min­is­ter, also or­dered the con­fis­ca­tion and anal­y­sis of a num­ber of staff mem­bers’ com­put­ers. Last Fri­day, two se­nior Hawks of­fi­cers – a bri­gadier and a colonel – ar­rived at City Press’ Joburg of­fices to ask for the in­ter­nal ap­point­ment doc­u­ments and in­for­ma­tion about our sources. City Press re­fused to give them the in­for­ma­tion.

The seven Ipid sources said Kga­manyane had a close work­ing re­la­tion­ship with act­ing Hawks head Mthandazo Ntle­meza, and at least two Ipid

in­ves­ti­ga­tions into Ntle­meza’s con­duct had gone stag­nant.

Asked for com­ment, Hawks spokesper­son Bri­gadier Hang­wani Mu­laudzi said Ntle­meza was “never men­tioned or be­ing in­ves­ti­gated at all” in one case in­volv­ing se­nior po­lice man­agers, which the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity had also de­clined to pros­e­cute. In the other case, he said, there was no ev­i­dence of any wrong­do­ing. Mu­laudzi said City Press’ “in­tense fo­cus” on Ntle­meza was “mis­chievous or an overzeal­ous ob­ses­sion”.

The seven Ipid of­fi­cials said Kga­manyane had also halted an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into another se­nior Hawks of­fi­cial re­lated to the death of a sus­pect in po­lice cus­tody.

City Press put all these al­le­ga­tions to Kga­manyane in a phone con­ver­sa­tion on Fri­day af­ter­noon, but he re­fused to com­ment. “Who­ever told you that must com­ment,” he said. Two days af­ter the se­nior Hawks of­fi­cers vis­ited City Press, Mu­laudzi called to apol­o­gise on Ntle­meza’s be­half, say­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tors’ con­duct had been “wrong”. Mu­laudzi said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing a case of fraud, but were not aware that their of­fi­cers had tried to ob­tain doc­u­ments from City Press. “We are tak­ing this mat­ter very se­ri­ously and the gen­eral [Ntle­meza] is look­ing into it,” he said.

The Public Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing Boniwe So­tyu’s ap­point­ment.

Spokesper­son Humphrey Ra­mafoko con­firmed it was in­ves­ti­gat­ing how she was ap­pointed, al­legedly with­out the re­quired qual­i­fi­ca­tions and ex­pe­ri­ence. “At this point, the PSC can­not con­firm whether the role of of­fi­cials at Ipid, in­clud­ing its head, Mr

Is­rael Kga­manyane, will be in­ves­ti­gated, as the PSC is still in its early stages of anal­y­sis,” he said.

Doc­u­ments re­lat­ing to So­tyu’s ap­point­ment re­vealed that she was given the job ahead of 90 oth­ers, one of whom had more than 22 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence as a po­lice of­fi­cer, another who had re­ceived six awards for his in­ves­ti­ga­tion work and an in­ves­ti­ga­tor with a law de­gree.

So­tyu had three years and four months’ rel­e­vant ex­pe­ri­ence, and an “un­recog­nised” diploma in polic­ing. The job ad­ver­tise­ment stip­u­lated a bach­e­lor’s de­gree or a diploma in law or polic­ing, at least four years’ ex­pe­ri­ence in man­ag­ing crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions and pro­ject man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mag­gie So­tyu

Is­rael Kga­manyane

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