Crime in­tel­li­gence gets a new boss

CityPress - - News - ABRAM MASHEGO abram.mashego@city­

For­mer Gaut­eng crime in­tel­li­gence boss Pa­trick Mokushane is about to be­come the unit’s act­ing na­tional head. An an­nounce­ment is ex­pected to be made to­mor­row.

Mokushane, a known ally of sus­pended crime in­tel­li­gence boss Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Richard Md­luli, yes­ter­day con­firmed that he had been in­formed he was about to take com­mand of the trou­bled unit.

“Yes, I have been in­formed of that de­ci­sion and I am now wait­ing for the of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment to be made,” he said.

Sources within crime in­tel­li­gence said Mokushane’s ap­point­ment was dis­cussed at a high­level meet­ing on June 2 be­tween act­ing na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Le­setja Moth­iba, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Vet­er­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion (MKMVA) and other crime in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives.

“It was also dis­cussed in that meet­ing that Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma was un­der at­tack and that crime in­tel­li­gence should as­sist in gather­ing covert in­tel­li­gence that will as­sist in the build-up to the ANC’s De­cem­ber elec­tive con­fer­ence,” said a highly placed source with links to the in­tel­li­gence com­mu­nity.

Mokushane, how­ever, told City Press that he would par­tic­i­pate in no such plans.

The in­tel­li­gence source added that it was agreed at the meet­ing that a covert unit would gather in­for­ma­tion on in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions that were seen to be anti-Zuma, as well as their al­lies, and place them un­der sur­veil­lance.

“These in­clude jour­nal­ists, op­po­si­tion party mem­bers, in­di­vid­u­als vo­cal against the pres­i­dent, and non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions that are al­ways fight­ing against the state,” the source said.

How­ever, Mokushane, who at­tended the MKMVA con­fer­ence this week­end, de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, say­ing that “peo­ple will al­ways say some­thing”.

Mokushane said there were those who were jeal­ous of his pend­ing ap­point­ment and who were run­ning a cam­paign to dis­credit him.

The trou­bled unit has been with­out a per­ma­nent head since Md­luli was sus­pended on full pay six years ago. Md­luli, who is still fight­ing to re­turn to the unit, has al­legedly threat­ened to haul the po­lice min­istry to court if a per­ma­nent head is ap­pointed to re­place him.

Md­luli’s im­me­di­ate suc­ces­sor, Ma­jor Gen­eral Chris Ng­cobo, was sus­pended in Oc­to­ber 2013 af­ter he al­legedly had a fall­out with then po­lice com­mis­sioner Riah Phiyega.

How­ever, those close to Ng­cobo al­lege that Phiyega, whose con­tract ended yes­ter­day, tar­geted him af­ter he warned her about the il­le­gal­i­ties dis­cussed in some of her tele­phone con­ver­sa­tions.

“Phiyega was an­gry that crime in­tel­li­gence bugged her phone and sus­pended Ng­cobo,” said one of his close al­lies yes­ter­day.

Another source within crime in­tel­li­gence said Ng­cobo then or­dered that a case of de­feat­ing the ends of jus­tice be opened against Phiyega for al­legedly tip­ping off for­mer West­ern Cape pro­vin­cial po­lice com­mis­sioner Arno Lamoer about a cor­rup­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion against him.

Ng­cobo was then re­placed by Bongiwe Zulu, be­fore she too was re­moved by Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Kho­motso Phahlane, who was him­self re­cently axed as act­ing po­lice com­mis­sioner and sub­se­quently sus­pended.

Zulu was then re­placed by Ma­jor Gen­eral MA Makhele, who was re­moved from the post and sent to head the Free State crime in­tel­li­gence unit.

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