Crime in­tel boss has a dodgy past

CityPress - - Front Page - ABRAM MASHEGO abram.mashego@city­

New act­ing crime in­tel­li­gence head Ma­jor Gen­eral Pat Mokushane has a crim­i­nal record, al­legedly ran his pri­vate com­pa­nies from his of­fice and had an af­fair with a sub­or­di­nate of­fi­cer’s wife.

Mokushane (57), who was ap­pointed to the act­ing po­si­tion two weeks ago, was found guilty in 2002 for vi­o­lat­ing the Na­tional Road Traf­fic Act, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice’s own records.

In 1993, he was also ar­rested for pos­ses­sion of sus­pected stolen property.

Three in­de­pen­dent sources within and close to the po­lice’s crime in­tel­li­gence divi­sion have told City Press that their new act­ing boss, a mem­ber “in good stand­ing” of the Umkhonto weSizwe Mil­i­tary Veter­ans’ As­so­ci­a­tion (MKMVA):

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Ap­pointed his wife, Dudu, as his per­sonal as­sis­tant two days af­ter he was ap­pointed to head the divi­sion;

Owns three busi­nesses – Y Re­sources Trad­ing Com­pany, Bomokushane Trad­ing and Y Sum­mer Sea­son Trad­ing 85 – which three sources al­leged he used to run from the old Gaut­eng crime in­tel­li­gence head­quar­ters in central Jo­han­nes­burg’s Di­ag­o­nal Street. It is un­clear whether he ob­tained per­mis­sion to do paid work out­side of his job, as the po­lice’s rules re­quire;

In 2010, when he was un­able to meet the re­pay­ments for the vehicles he had bought for his trans­port busi­ness, he al­legedly hid them from the sher­iff in the base­ment of the Di­ag­o­nal Street crime in­tel­li­gence head­quar­ters. When the sher­iff dis­cov­ered this and tried to re­pos­sess them, there was a con­fronta­tion be­tween se­cu­rity guards and the sher­iff’s of­fice; and

Al­legedly ex­ploited his se­nior po­si­tion at crime in­tel­li­gence to send a ju­nior op­er­a­tive away for work, and used the op­por­tu­nity to ro­mance his wife. The ju­nior of­fi­cer filed a com­plaint about this with the SA Polic­ing Union (Sapu) in 2010, ask­ing it to in­ter­vene.

Ques­tions sent to se­nior po­lice spokesper­son Vish Naidoo on Friday went unan­swered. Mokushane did not re­spond to calls and SMSes re­quest­ing com­ment.

Three sources told City Press that Mokushane was de­clined the se­cu­rity clear­ance he re­quires to do his job. Crime in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cers need the clear­ance to be al­lowed to view top se­cret doc­u­ments con­tain­ing highly sen­si­tive in­for­ma­tion.

Re­gard­ing his al­leged af­fair with a ju­nior of­fi­cer’s wife, Sapu Gaut­eng pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Richard Mboweni con­firmed that when the of­fi­cer com­plained to the union, they told him they could not get in­volved be­cause it was a per­sonal mat­ter. The hus­band’s name is known to City Press. “We how­ever found it to be very im­moral for [Mokushane] to abuse his po­si­tion to cause prob­lems in his ju­nior’s mar­riage,” Mboweni said, ad­ding that the union mem­ber was then re­ferred to the po­lice’s em­ployee health and well­ness depart­ment for coun­selling.

Mboweni said the cou­ple’s prob­lems started when the of­fi­cer un­ex­pect­edly re­turned home from the trip he had been sent on by Mokushane to find his boss at his house.

“He blocked the drive­way and caught the two of them to­gether and Mokushane tried to drive away but caused an ac­ci­dent,” said Mboweni. “He then opened a case in which he changed the ac­ci­dent scene and claimed the in­ci­dent hap­pened in Car­letonville.” Mokushane married the same woman in De­cem­ber. Mean­while, a com­pa­nies search shows that Mokushane’s com­pa­nies, one of which he co-owns with his brother Jabu, are being dereg­is­tered. Mokushane found him­self in trou­ble with the unions and his rank-and-file of­fi­cers last week when he or­dered them to va­cate crime in­tel­li­gence’s head­quar­ters in Eras­muskloof, Pre­to­ria, and move to po­lice clus­ters in an at­tempt to get them to be more oper­a­tional.

The de­ci­sion, which had the po­lice spies up in arms be­cause it meant they would blow their cover, was re­scinded this week af­ter of­fi­cers threat­ened to go on strike, and unions threat­ened to go to court to stop it.

Mokushane and his boss, Act­ing Na­tional Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Le­setja Moth­iba, have be­gun a process to re­view the po­lice ranks of MKMVA mem­bers.

The re­view is in­tended to pro­mote MK veter­ans to se­nior po­lice posts.

MKMVA chair­per­son Kebby Maphat­soe con­firmed to City Press yes­ter­day that Mokushane was a mem­ber in good stand­ing.

Ex­plain­ing the rank re­view process, Maphat­soe said there had been “im­bal­ances in the past” which re­sulted in many of their mem­bers being “side­lined”.

“That’s why there is a re­view of the ranks. The project is being led from the of­fice of the deputy min­is­ter of po­lice,” he said. Mokushane is not the only of­fi­cer with a shady past. In 2013, the Civil­ian Sec­re­tariat for Po­lice re­vealed that 1 448 mem­bers who have crim­i­nal records that in­clude mur­der, rape and cor­rup­tion are still ac­tive mem­bers of the po­lice service.

DU­BI­OUS New crime in­tel­li­gence act­ing head Pat Mokushane on the golf course

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