Did in­tel boss dip into slush fund?

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

Act­ing crime in­tel­li­gence head Ma­jor Gen­eral Pat Mokushane al­legedly used his for­mer sec­re­taries to ma­nip­u­late the unit’s slush fund for his per­sonal gain.

Two of Mokushane’s for­mer sec­re­taries in Gaut­eng failed poly­graph tests, with one ad­mit­ting to com­mit­ting fraud with her boss’ knowl­edge. Doc­u­ments show that the other would draw a monthly cell­phone al­lowance, us­ing it to com­mu­ni­cate with Mokushane’s busi­ness part­ners out­side the po­lice ser­vice.

These details are con­tained in high-level com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween SA Po­lice Ser­vice and crime in­tel­li­gence top brass about ob­tain­ing se­cu­rity clear­ance for Mokushane.

City Press re­ported on June 25 that Mokushane had been de­clined the se­cu­rity clear­ance he re­quires to do his job as act­ing crime in­tel­li­gence head, af­ter his ap­point­ment by act­ing na­tional po­lice com­mis­sioner Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Le­setja Moth­iba.

A memo for Moth­iba, writ­ten on June 29, in­di­cates that Bri­gadier MA Ntuli from Gaut­eng crime in­tel­li­gence re­fused to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into claims that Mokushane knew about his then sec­re­tary’s fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties.

In the memo, Ntuli writes to Moth­iba that he was made aware of the al­leged fraud­u­lent ac­tiv­i­ties by a for­mer sec­re­tary who had failed “a poly­graph ex­am­i­na­tion and in­di­cated that she com­mit­ted fraud with the se­cret ser­vice ac­count [SSA] funds which the gen­eral was aware of”.

“I re­fused to con­duct the in­ves­ti­ga­tion ... the poly­graph ex­am­i­na­tion of his sec­re­tary has noth­ing to with the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of se­cu­rity clear­ance of Mokushane, un­less a state­ment can be pro­vided to my office that im­pli­cates him,” he said. He added that such a state­ment was never pro­vided and there­fore the probe would be invalid.

How­ever, an­other memo ex­change be­tween two com­po­nents of na­tional crime in­tel­li­gence writ­ten on the same day, June 29, shows that Mokushane’s se­cu­rity clear­ance had been pri­ori­tised and that a se­cu­rity vet­ting panel would be con­vened on Tues­day, July 4. It is not clear if this panel sat and, if it did, what con­clu­sion it reached.

How­ever, the memo from Colonel JA Tsha­bangu, com­man­der of the vet­ting in­ves­ti­ga­tion, shows that the re­sults of a counter in­tel­li­gence in­ves­ti­ga­tion were out­stand­ing on is­sues raised dur­ing the poly­graph test of one of Mokushane’s for­mer sec­re­taries who “ad­mit­ted to re­ceiv­ing the sums of R500 for air­time which she would then use to com­mu­ni­cate with the ap­pli­cant’s [Mokushane] busi­ness part­ners out­side the po­lice”.

She also ad­mit­ted “that she had monthly drawn R10 000 ad­vance from the SSA on a monthly ba­sis which, when sup­posed to close the claims, she had been told to write a mo­ti­va­tion that the funds were ex­pended for the han­dlers (sic)”, writes Tsha­bangu. Both sec­re­taries’ names have been with­held as City Press could not reach them for com­ment.

Tsha­bangu adds that apart from the out­stand­ing re­sults from the counter in­tel­li­gence probe, sev­eral doc­u­ments, in­clud­ing ma­tric and ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion cer­tifi­cates, fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sures and oth­ers in­di­cat­ing whether or not Mokushane had di­rec­tor­ships in com­pa­nies or had ap­plied for ex­tra re­mu­ner­a­tive work, were still out­stand­ing.

Re­spond­ing to ques­tions on the mat­ter, po­lice spokesper­son Ma­jor Gen­eral Sally de Beer said: “It is sur­pris­ing that those mak­ing se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions choose to do so via the me­dia in­stead of ap­proach­ing ap­pro­pri­ate au­thor­i­ties, which would be the cor­rect course of ac­tion. This mat­ter will be dealt with in­ter­nally and not in the me­dia space.”

City Press re­ported three weeks ago that Mokushane also has a crim­i­nal record, al­legedly ran his pri­vate com­pa­nies from his office and had an af­fair with a sub­or­di­nate of­fi­cer’s wife.

Mokushane is the reg­is­tered owner of three busi­nesses – Y Re­sources Trad­ing Com­pany, Bomokushane Trad­ing and Y Sum­mer Sea­son Trad­ing 85 – which three sources al­leged he ran from the old Gaut­eng crime in­tel­li­gence head­quar­ters on Di­ag­o­nal Street in cen­tral Jo­han­nes­burg.

It is un­clear whether he ob­tained per­mis­sion to do paid work out­side of his job, as the po­lice’s rules re­quire. But that was one of the doc­u­ments sought by the vet­ting in­ves­ti­ga­tors ahead of the meet­ing that had been sched­uled for Tues­day.

Sources told City Press that in 2010, when he was un­able to meet the re­pay­ments for the ve­hi­cles he had bought for his trans­port busi­ness, Mokushane 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.

This is not the first time the crime in­tel­li­gence slush fund has been the sub­ject of al­le­ga­tions of loot­ing.

Crime in­tel­li­gence head Richard Md­luli has been on suspension since May 2011 fol­low­ing a string of al­le­ga­tions, in­clud­ing that he al­legedly used the se­cret ser­vice ac­count to pay for his BMW.

He also al­legedly reg­is­tered his rel­a­tives, girl­friends and their fam­i­lies as covert in­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives and paid them as such. Md­luli has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions.

Md­luli, for­mer crime in­tel­li­gence chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer Solly Lazarus and for­mer head of pro­cure­ment Hein Barnard were charged for fraud and cor­rup­tion for al­legedly de­fraud­ing the unit’s se­cret ac­count.

The charges were with­drawn af­ter po­lice man­age­ment failed to de­clas­sify the doc­u­ments prov­ing the al­le­ga­tions.

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